It has been more than 140 years since the first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It has since become a national observance that takes place on the last Friday in April in most states and recognizes the importance of trees as well as tree selection, planting, and care. A properly selected and planted tree can add beauty and energy efficiency to your landscape. A poorly selected and planted tree can become high maintenance, dangerous, and short-lived.

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The importance of a home warranty

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Q: What does a home warranty do and what are its benefits?

A: A home warranty removes a lot of the what-ifs that invariably come with the home-buying and selling processes.

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Q: Are there standard ways to determine a home’s worth?

A: Yes. A comparative market analysis and an appraisal are the two most common and reliable ways to determine a home’s value.

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Buyer confidence begins to bloom

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The gloominess that seemed to shroud buyers during the bitter winter months has melted away and homebuyer’s attitudes are nearly as positive as they were a year ago, according to the latest Fannie Mae survey, conducted in March.

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Q: What legal considerations do I need to consider when remodeling?

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April is Fair Housing Month

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Every April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) commemorates the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act by marking it as Fair Housing Month. The landmark law, which was passed following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and family status.

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At first glance, the house at 13360 Old Halls Ferry may appear to be newer construction. But take a closer look and you'll definitely be surprised! What you’ll find is actually TWO 1840s log cabins that were masterfully combined by urban archaeologist Jim Meiners to create one amazing modern home! If you’ve been to the City Museum, you’ve probably seen Meiners’ collection of artifacts found in old privies. Antique bottles, pipes, etc – all dug from beneath former outhouses.

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Photo via. www.sixflags.com/stlouis

Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
Friday, April 4-Sunday, April 6
Just about all of your favorite superheroes will descend on America’s Center in downtown St. Louis for the annual comic convention. Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward) the Incredible hulk (Lou Ferrigno and Doctor Who (Mat Smith) will all be on hand in addition to some of the most legendary comic book creators. The event also features numerous booths selling comic-themed memorabilia. The convention runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $39-$90. http://www.wizardworld.com/stlouis.html

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Utilize SLAR's market data snap shots

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Have you utilized all the informative data that’s available to you on the St. Louis Association of REALTORS website? You can access a wealth of information to help you stay on top of the local St. Louis area market just by logging onto www.stlrealtors.com.

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