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2013 Housing Market Forecast, Now Is The Time to Buy!
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The History of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
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Top 5 Holiday Movie Houses (and 1 Honorable Mentions)
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‘Green Monday’ Becomes New Shopping Day For Procrastinators
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November Unemployment Falls to 7.7 Pct. Now that’s Good News!
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US Home Prices Jump Most Since 2006
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Countdown to Christmas
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Tips and tricks to shopping the outlets at The Walk in Atlantic City
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Countdown to Christmas
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BIG Open House Weekend: Margate, Ventnor & Longport-Mark Arbeit and Co.

2013 Housing Market Forecast, Now Is The Time to Buy!

Why the Housing Market Has Bottomed,
and How to Invest without Leaving Your Home

by Investment U Research
An Investment U White Paper Report

In case you haven’t noticed… the housing market is making a recovery.

Most investors still shudder at the thought of investing in real estate again, but it’s time to reconsider.

Here’s why:

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The History of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

According to legend, Clement Clarke Moore wrote his immortal poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, for his family on Christmas Eve 1822

Christmas Eve 1822, Chelsea, New York. Clement C. Moore reads his new poem, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, to his family: wife Eliza, Margaret 7, Charity 6, Ben 4, Mary 3, Clement Jr. 2, and Emily 8 months. An original oil painting

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Top 5 Holiday Movie Houses (and 1 Honorable Mentions)

I love a good Christmas Holiday Movie. And here are my Top favorite Christmas Houses. Some made such an impression on me that my own home reflects their style.

#5. The Family Stone

This gorgeous home in Riverside, CT (above) was the home used in The Family Stone, a star-packed, romantic comedy featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. The 1860 colonial is the gathering place for the Stone family’s annual Christmas celebration. The 3,554 sq-ft house consists of 10 rooms — 5 of which are bedrooms — 3.5 bathrooms, and sits on 1.4 acres. With a classic, yet cluttered interior this house is the ultimate, well-worn home perfect for big holiday gatherings. When I see this lived-in home I so long for my Grandparents wonderful house in Ohio.

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‘Green Monday’ Becomes New Shopping Day For Procrastinators

Here’s the deal: If you have not shopped yet, call in sick to work. You will need the day.

If you have shopped, be careful, because this is going to make you mad.

The retail giants are unveiling even more sivings today. Go online to Target and the Lego sales are amazing.

Discount retail giants Walmart and Amazon are also offering plenty of great “Green Monday 2012″ sales and deals.

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November Unemployment Falls to 7.7 Pct. Now that’s Good News!

The economy generated 146,000 new jobs in November and unemployment fell to 7.7 percent, better than economists expected, despite worries that superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal cliff would dampen hiring.

There are still 12 million people unemployed in the country, but the Labor Department said Sandy did not significantly affect jobs.

Many economists had expected employers to have added about 90,000 jobs, causing the unemployment rate to tick up slightly.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics dialed back job gains for the previous two months. In October, the U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs, not the 171,000 reported before the election. The jobs added in September were also revised downward to 132,000 from 148,000.

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US Home Prices Jump Most Since 2006

A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market.

Core Logic also said Tuesday that prices declined 0.2 percent in October from September, the second drop after six straight monthly increases. The monthly figures are not seasonally adjusted. The real estate data provider says the decline reflects the end of the summer home-buying season.

Steady price increases are helping fuel a housing recovery. They encourage more homeowners to sell their homes. And they entice would-be buyers to purchase homes before prices rise further.

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Countdown to Christmas

Strawberry Santa’s

Ingredients

1 lb large strawberries

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3-4 Tablespoons powdered sugar (or sugar substitute – to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). Clean out the whole strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.

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Tips and tricks to shopping the outlets at The Walk in Atlantic City

Its that time of year the holidays are coming up FAST. Make the most of your budget for new fall clothes for the family by hitting your nearest outlet mall armed with your list. To get the most from your Outlet Mall, here are tips and tricks to outlet shopping!

Start your trip online first. Go to the mall’s website and look for email newsletters and VIP Clubs, or other “members only” options you can join. For example, The Walk in Atlantic City has a

VIP programs

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Countdown to Christmas

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pound vanilla-flavored candy coating, coarsely chopped
20 bite-size chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Brown and orange sprinkles or other candies and/or tinted frosting

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BIG Open House Weekend: Margate, Ventnor & Longport-Mark Arbeit and Co.

THREE GREAT HOMES ALL ON CLARENDON AVE, MARGATE NJ

Nestled in a private cul-de-sac across from a tranquil park, this elegant & spacious 4BR 2.5BA home is situated on a double lot. Built in ’61, the original
hardwood floors gleam through every room like the day it was built. Features include a huge living room w/wood-burning fireplace, large bedrooms, large eat
in kitchen w/imported Italian tile & new multi-zone heat & central A/C.

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