The holidays are a wonderful time of year for family and friends to get together and celebrate in St. Louis. Many homeowners choose to decorate their homes for the holidays.  With the normal decorations come some safety hazards that can cause damage to a home. Keeping the home and family safe during the holiday season is important, so here are some tips for decorating safely during the holiday season.

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SkyDrive Cheat Sheet

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

In addition to email, calendar and contact management, Office 365 offers file storage via SkyDrive so that you can have your files with you on any computer or device with Internet access.

Below is a cheat sheet for where to click to perform different functions in SkyDrive.

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December 17: Links of the Day

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Real estate links

- Ken Harney, who writes the award-winning column, "The Nation's Housing," makes some very encouraging predictions about housing in 2014.

- The Wall Street Journal looks at where FHA loan limits will likely fall the most.

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You might not realize it, but the garage door's role in the home has changed dramatically over the last 30. Consider this: garage door openers have been installed in 35 million homes across the United States, making them one of the most widely used appliances. In fact, more than 70 percent of today's homeowners use their attached garage as their main entrance to their home.

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December 16: Links of the Day

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Real estate links

- There are some popular real estate-related deductions and tax breaks expiring in 2014 that you need to be aware of. 

- From Realtor.org, the November/December 2013 Market Pulse.

- Lou Barnes, who is a mortgage broker based in Boulder, Colo., explains why mortgage rates are still so low.

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As the real estate market still recovers slowly, many people are opting not to sell their homes, at least until the market has improved even more. Until the time arrives, home owners may choose to partake in a few different home improvement projects to increase the value of their homes, should they choose to put their homes on the market later. These home improvements will also give you and your family more enjoyment all the while enticing potential buyers in the future.

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As always, Prudential Select Properties is hosting quite a few Open Houses this weekend. This is a great opportunity for you to stop by and get an up-close look at what could be your next home. You can see all the Open Houses we have scheduled by clicking here. Use the search function to the left of the page to narrow down your search. We hope to see you this weekend!

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December 13: Links of the Day

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Real estate links

- There area  lot of differences in the attitudes of different generations toward homebuying. A recent NAR study showed that the Millennial generation tends to exude optimism and confidence about homeownership.

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Beyoncé
Saturday, December 14
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is hitting Scottrade Center. Beyoncé, the wife of Jay-Z and former Destiny’s Child lead singer, has been performing for more than 15 years and has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 118 million records as a solo artist. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are going between $45-$250. http://www.ticketmaster.com/the-mrs-carter-show-world-tour-st-louis-missouri-12-14-2013/event/06004ACC89D44BE8

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December 12: Links of the Day

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Real estate links

- This column by Ken Trepeta, the director of Real Estate Services for the National Association of Realtors, lays out a lot of good information about implementing the new Dodd-Frank rules. 

- A RealtyTrac report shows that U.S. Foreclosure activity decreased by 15 percent in November. 

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