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How to Clean and Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

How to Clean and Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

They’re natural, rich, gorgeous, and timeless. It’s no wonder so many people choose hardwood floors for their homes.  Like its name, hardwood feels hard to the touch, but it can be more sensitive than it looks.

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Take the Time to Find the Right Real Estate Agent

Take the Time to Find the Right Real Estate Agent

A home can be so many things. It can be the place you raise your family. It can be a blank canvas from which you create your dream home. It can be your sanctuary. It can be an investment. It can be your retirement. It can be all of the above. The point is that a home is a very important and unique purchase. Not only is it most likely your biggest financial investment; it is also very likely an emotional one. This is why buying a new home is exciting and wonderful—but can also be a little scary and stressful.

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Linoleum: The Comeback Kid

Linoleum: The Comeback Kid


By Lisa Sabini, FLOORS, ETC.

Trends come and go, but as we well know, they tend to come full circle. This is as true with flooring as it is with fashion. That’s why, when we buy a house, many of us remove the carpet to expose the original hardwood flooring.  Meaning hardwood was in, then carpet was popular, then hardwood became the flooring to have again. Today, there’s a new comeback kid in flooring: linoleum.  Popular in the 1950s, it was replaced by vinyl in the 1960s, but today linoleum has been experiencing a revival as people discover that it possesses the following benefits:

 

Environmentally friendly—Linoleum is made from renewable, all-natural materials including linseed oil, cork, wood flour and natural pigments. It’s biodegradable and recyclable; it also contributes to good air quality and contains no toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

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Crime Time: Why Field Sobriety Tests Are Unreliable

If you get pulled over by an officer and he or she suspects that you’ve been drinking, you will be asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests (FSTs). The purpose of the FST is to judge whether or not your mental and physical abilities are too impaired by alcohol for you to drive safely. There are many different kinds of FSTs, but the three main ones are the horizontal gaze nystagmus (AKA the eye test), the one-leg stand, and the walk and turn. These three FSTs were deemed the most reliable by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The problem is that they are not reliable. In fact, many people have been falsely accused and/or convicted of DUIs based on their poor performance during a field sobriety test.

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What the New Mortgage Guidelines Mean for You

What the New Mortgage Guidelines Mean for You

By Suzy Rodoni

There’s been a lot of discussion about the new mortgage guidelines that came into effect earlier this year. The new guidelines are part of the Dodd-Frank Act, which passed in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, and have been put into place in order to make sure that borrowers can afford to repay mortgages. The question most people have is whether or not the new guidelines will make it more difficult to acquire a mortgage. Having spent over twenty years as a lender, I follow guideline changes very closely, and, although I think it’s important for buyers to understand the new guidelines, I don’t believe the guidelines will make it harder to qualify for a mortgage.

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Crime Time: You Should Hire a DUI Lawyer—Even for Your First Offense

Crime Time: You Should Hire a DUI Lawyer—Even for Your First Offense

By Lars Shallberg, Surf City Criminal Defense

There’s really no debate on this: if a person is charged with a DUI which also alleges prior convictions, they need a DUI lawyer. Period. Maybe the more interesting question arises when a person is charged with a first offense DUI. Those folks may find themselves thinking, “Hey, it’s a just first offense, there are going to be mandatory fines, a mandatory alcohol program, and probably some sort of license restriction. I can handle this.”

 

lt’s not that simple, though.

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Eco-Friendly Flooring: Healthy and Beautiful

Eco-Friendly Flooring: Healthy and Beautiful

By Lisa Sabini, FLOORS, ETC.

The New Year is upon us, which means that, having indulged throughout November and December in cookies, pies and hams, many of will resolve to cut out unhealthy foods in 2014. The problem is that unhealthy foods taste so good! Luckily, if your New Year’s resolution is to make choices that are healthy for the environment but look good, you won’t experience such a dilemma. There are wonderfully satisfying options of eco-friendly flooring to choose from. These flooring options are not only great for the environment—they are beautiful:

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