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Jan 18

Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Atlas Van Lines recently released the results of their annual Migration Patterns Survey in which they tracked their customer’s movement from state-to-state over the course of 2017.
  • Idaho held on to the top spot of ‘high inbound’ states for the 2nd year in a row followed by Washington.
  • The ‘outbound’ states seem to draw a line straight across the country from Connecticut to Wyoming.

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Jan 18

Saying Goodbye to "Gay Gardens," a Plant-Filled Seattle Rental — House Tour

Name: Matthew Mirarchi and JoJo the pup
Location: West Seattle — Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, renting

“Gay Gardens is my plant-filled genie bottle,” confesses Matthew. “Tucked away along an arterial road snaking through West Seattle’s hillside, it’s one of those rental gems that only comes along once in a blue moon. Having been overgrown and woefully mismanaged for years, Gay Gardens afforded me the opportunity to rebuild after my divorce; it needed a lot of TLC, and so did I. So we helped shape one another.”

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Jan 18

This Grocery Store Is Selling A Reverse Snuggie For People With Cold Feet

While it’s questionable where this product falls on the hygge/lazy spectrum, we just had to share this new take on the Snuggie (or Slanket, depending on your brand loyalties) that was brought to our attention, courtesy of one European grocery store.

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Jan 18

10 Things Smart Shoppers Always Do at the Grocery Store

The smartest shoppers really know how to make the most of their trips to the store. It’s a skill, one I’m sure many of us wish we were better at. Smart shoppers know how to stretch their dollar further, avoid buying unnecessary items, and make their store work for them.

Want in on some of their secrets? Here are the 10 things smart shoppers always do.

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Jan 18

Zach Braff Returns To TV In a Show Based on a Podcast

It’s almost time for mid-season replacements, that wonderful time of year when all the second-string sitcoms sub in for the ones that got cancelled already. Over at ABC, they’re taking a chance on Alex, Inc., a show based on a podcast.

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Jan 18

This is The Right Way to Unclog a Toilet With a Plunger

Clogged toilets are just one of those inescapable, yucky facts of life. Rather than the fear-filled I’ll just flush it again and see what happens technique (that can end in the disaster of disgusting water sloshing all over the bathroom floor) or the simultaneously frantic and hopeful thrusts of a plunger that may or may not work, it helps to know how to unclog a toilet the right way.

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Jan 18

What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?

Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months.

Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from the most recent report.

What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values? | Simplifying The Market

As we can see, CoreLogic projects an increase in home values in 49 of 50 states, and Washington, DC (there was insufficient data for HI). Nationwide, they see home prices increasing by 4.2%.

How might the new tax code impact these numbers?

Recently, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducted their own analysis to determine the impact the new tax code may have on home values. NAR’s analysis:

“…estimated how home prices will change in the upcoming year for each state, considering the impact of the new tax law and the momentum of jobs and housing inventory.”

Here is a map based on NAR’s analysis:

What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values? | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

According to NAR, the new tax code will have an impact on home values across the country. However, the effect will be much less significant than what some originally thought.

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Jan 18

Mario Batali's Cinnamon Rolls and the Power of Rage Baking

It was less than a week after Eater published its report on Mario Batali and his sexual misconduct that the chef wrote an “apology letter” to his fans and readers that ended with, none other than, a recipe for cinnamon rolls. Most of the reactions to this recipe addendum pointed to the obvious: that Batali and whoever was in charge of his newsletter didn’t take these allegations seriously enough. Ending what should have been a heartfelt apology with a self-promotional recipe is in fact cause for (even more) outrage.

It was especially rich then when, a month later after this incident, blogger Geraldine DeRuiter of Everywhereist decided to actually make the cinnamon roll recipe that Batali linked to and write about that experience. DeRuiter’s article blew up last week, and she says while most of the feedback has been positive, there were a few incidents — including her Twitter account being hacked — that were negative.

I talked to DeRuiter a little further about her piece, including the recipe she says promotes self-confidence, and that moment in her story when the cinnamon rolls, shall we say, popped.

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Jan 18

IKEA's New Releases for February Have a Playful Twist

We’re fully immersed in winter here in the US, but there’s some sunshine on the horizon. Not only are the days getting longer now, IKEA has some playful new products debuting at a store near you come February. Here’s what we love from the new collections.

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Jan 18

Aldi's Bargain Nursery Collection Is Inspired By Royals

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Aldi has now made it possible to flatter the hell out of the royal family. The bargain grocery/everything store is in the midst of its Baby and Toddler Event and eagle eyed consumers have pointed out that a few of the items closely resemble the style of Silver Cross, one of Will and Kate’s brands of choice.

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