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High Levels of Homeownership Create a Healthy Economy

High Levels of Homeownership Create a Healthy Economy

Emily Merkley, association executive, Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS® In addition to producing civic and social benefits, homeownership also produces powerful economic benefits in our local, state and national community economies. The economic benefits of the...

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Living Outdoors

Living Outdoors

Jared Gilman, owner, A&D Landscaping  When your mom told you to turn off the TV and play outdoors, she knew what she was talking about. Being outside is good for our mental and physical well-being. An anthropological UCLA study, in the book “Life at Home in the...

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Gardening Magic: Fall Bulbs

Mark Anderson, owner, Anderson Seed and Garden  Some people just don’t have the knack for growing plants. They enjoy them, but when it comes to growing them, they just lack that “green thumb” that comes naturally to others. Fall bulbs, however, should come with the...

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Family Firsts: Canning with Family and Friends

Family Firsts: Canning with Family and Friends

Tara Bone, contributing writer  Juicy peaches, crisp apples and plump tomatoes are abundant — it’s harvest time! Whether you’re reaping the benefits of a garden, noticing produce stands popping up, or enjoying produce from neighbors, ‘tis the season to preserve the...

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The Seller’s Market

The Seller’s Market

Emily Merkley, association executive, Cache Rich Association of REALTORS® The old adage ‘there’s no time like the present’ rings true for both buyers and sellers in the Cache Valley real estate market. A high demand for housing and a low inventory has created a strong...

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Home Sweet Home: How to Prepare for Home Improvement

Home Sweet Home: How to Prepare for Home Improvement

by Heidi Pfaffroth, Lewiston State Bank  “Plan now for your home’s longevity.” Start planning now for home repair and replacements so you aren’t surprised when the time comes around. The graphic below shows some estimates (although actual costs may vary) for the...

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Five Tips for Refurbishing Furniture

Five Tips for Refurbishing Furniture

by Schae Richards, community editor Is that old dresser of yours collecting dust? Does that end table need a fresh look? Michelle Jones, owner of Brushes to Beauty in Hyde Park, offers five tips for turning those worn pieces of furniture into beautiful treasures that...

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Realtors are Advocates for Your Rights

by Emily Merkley, association executive, Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS®  The ideals of the American Dream, Democracy and The Land of Opportunity are what make a nation, and particularly this nation, something to be admired. Strength, integrity and equality are...

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Deer Repellent: Find What Works for You

by Mark Anderson, owner, Anderson’s Seed & Garden  I used to enjoy seeing the occasional deer bouncing through our yard. When I was younger, I remember only seeing deer during cold, hard winters with deep snow cover. Today, it’s like a free buffet at the Anderson...

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Real Estate Agents are the Real Experts

Real Estate Agents are the Real Experts

by Emily Merkley, association executive, Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS®  A home is an investment, and the objective of any investment is to make the greatest return as possible when it comes time to sell. With the hope of saving on agent commissions and...

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Stay Productive During the Dormant Season

Stay Productive During the Dormant Season

by Mark Anderson, owner, Anderson’s Seed and Garden It’s difficult for an avid gardener to survive the winter months. Yes, there are some great outdoor activities available to Cache Valley residents during the gardening off-season like cross country and downhill...

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The Golden Rule of Real Estate Sales

The Golden Rule of Real Estate Sales

by Emily Merkley, association executive, Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS ® The experience of buying and selling a home or property can be stressful and make you feel financially vulnerable, so choosing the correct agent to represent you is of utmost importance. How...

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How to Grow an Indoor Garden

How to Grow an Indoor Garden

by Mark Anderson, owner, Anderson’s Seed and Garden Now that the leaves have fallen and the yard is put to bed (hopefully you finish that job before the snow sets in for good), we can still enjoy a little gardening during the winter months… inside! For years,...

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Three Keys to Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

Three Keys to Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

by Maren Anderson, designer, Tai Pan Trading  Decorating for Christmas goes hand in hand with the sounds, scents and spirit of the holiday season. By using a few key elements, you can turn your home into a space that embraces and invites friends and family into your...

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Habits of an Organized Person: Find What Works For You

Habits of an Organized Person: Find What Works For You

by Janelle Simmons, owner, The Organizing Company of Cache Valley There are tons of ideas and how-tos on how to organize any space via the Internet. There are also many products you can buy that can help you get organized. These ideas and products are helpful, but I...

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Creating an Indoor Children’s Play Area

Creating an Indoor Children’s Play Area

by Lindsay Cook, interior designer, Cook Homes Whether you have an entire room to devote to an indoor play area or just a small corner or side of a room, you can create a fun place for your kids. An indoor play area can be an outlet for their imagination and...

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Cache Valley Realtor Association

Cache Valley Realtor Association

by Emily Merkley, association executive, Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS® One of the greatest benefits of living in Cache Valley is the sense of community that is shared among residents and businesses. We are fortunate to live where neighbors are friends and where...

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Storing Vegetables for Winter

Storing Vegetables for Winter

by Mark Anderson, owner,  Anderson’s Seed and Garden I can’t think of a better time of year to enjoy our yard: Temperatures have cooled to comfortable, flowers are blooming like crazy, and the garden is producing more veggies and fruits than we can handle. Although my...

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Popular Options For New Homes This Fall

by Peter Dettore, community sales manager, J Thomas Homes One of the most enjoyable parts of my day-to-day responsibilities in the world of new construction home sales is managing the selections and options for buyers. Helping people choose the finishes for their new...

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