Home staged for resale in North Phoenix, Arizona. Photo credit: Nancy J. Price.
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The median home price in LA surpassed $600,000 for the first time this year. Prices are fueled by big market forces, but today we’re looking at one little factor juicing the stats: home staging. If you go to enough real estate open houses, you start to see some trends, such as strategically placed wine bottles and pieces of art. It’s to get the highest price possible for a house.
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There are some Amazon devotees who’ve notice changes at the site. They say it doesn’t feel as friendly as it used to be, some products don’t arrive as promised, and quality can be an issue. The gang that produces the Reply All podcast is in that camp. They tried to find out what -- if anything -- had changed at Amazon.
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