March 2015 Issue

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ZEROING IN ON ZILLOW
Constant advances in technology make it easier for us to do the simplest tasks, from buying groceries to finding a destination ten minutes away. The housing market isn’t any different, and websites like Zillow make it possible for people to do all of their “real estate homework” prior to speaking with a licensed real estate professional.
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COUNTRY LIVING… PRICELESS
Do high transportation costs deter people who work in metro areas from wanting to live in the scenic Pocono Mountains? Are these costs a deciding factor with people selling their homes here and moving closer to where they work in the city? Several local real estate experts offer their insights on the challenges they find selling “country” properties when people travel to jobs within the tri-state area.
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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS
Too many people end up getting less than what is due them from Social Security when they retire because they don’t know the rules and the real financial impacts, says independent retirement advisor, Gary Marriage, Jr.
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AN ESTATE PLANNING RECIPE
Unlike cooking, baking is an exact science. To create a great cookie or pie, you must follow the recipe to the letter. There is little room for deviation. For many, fresh baked treats evoke fond memories of childhood and the eager anticipation of waiting for grandmother to take that delicious smelling morsel out of the oven.
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