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Has the risk of an economic downturn diminished?

"A sharp pick-up in housing permits caused an October rebound of The Conference Board leading economic index, suggesting the risk of an economic downturn has diminished, according to the board's economists. "The index rose 0.9% in October to 117.4, following a 0.1% increase in September, and a 0.3% gain in August. The index is scaled…
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Fannie, Freddie and FHA REO Inventory declines in Q3

By: Calculated Risk Read the Fannie Mae Third Quarter Report here about the net loss of $5.1 billion in the third quarter of 2011, compared to a net loss of $2.9 billion in the second quarter of the year. The company’s third-quarter loss was driven primarily by two factors: $4.9 billion in credit-related expenses, the…
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Resolving Neighborhood Conflict

By: Laurie Whitehead, ljwhitehead@mindspring.com. Let's face it, from time to time, we have issues within our community. How we deal with these conflicts is extremely important. Quickly addressing issues head-on in a non-confrontational manner can often diffuse situations before they escalate. Listen carefully to what your neighbor has to say even if you are eager…
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Featured Listings and October Activity in Lake Claire & Candler Park

375 Candler Park Drive Atlanta, GA 30307 MLS# 4277521 $799,900.00 5 bedroom/4 bath Click here for a photo tour 446 Hardendorf Ave Atlanta, GA 30307 MLS#: 4246776 $599,000 4 bedroom 3-1/2 bath Click here for photos 314 Elmira Place Atlanta, GA 30307 MLS#4194079 $559,900 5 bedroom 3-1/2 Bath Click here for slideshow Click here for…
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Helpful Halloween Tips for the Aftermath of Trick or Treating!

From: Inman Park Kids Dental Spot Hint number 1:  Try to avoid very sticky or hard candies:  candy corn, skittles, starburst, jolly rancher, taffy, gummy bears, caramel, etc. Hint number 2:  Try to stick to chocolate candies. Hint number 3:  Set aside a couple of pieces of candy from their stash, for dessert after dinner.…
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Quick and Easy Placecards for Your “Event Perfect”

By Lisa Milko with Event Perfect Thanksgiving.  It usually means Family, food and football (at least in our house).  It also means a week of grocery shopping, cleaning, and getting the house ready to host 12 extra people!  Minimize your list by making these cute and EASY placecards for your table.  Have the kids collect…
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Places to get in Halloween spirit without blood, scares, tears

By Laurie Whitehead Meet real animals and costumed characters during this literal walk on the wild side at, 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. After strolling the riverside woods, there will be snacks for sale, a bonfire and music. $8 (free for age 2 and under). 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, www.chattnaturecenter.org. A hay maze,…
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FHFA: August home prices down 0.1% from prior month

From: The Housing Wire, 10/25/2011 On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that August home prices dipped 0.1% from July on a seasonally adjusted basis and fell 4% from year-ago levels. To see the full report, please click here.
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