Hot Trends In Flooring

Flooring – while it is a very important part of our homes, we often take it for granted. If you are thinking about remodeling, you may want to consider updating your flooring. While decorating is a very individual thing, when replacing flooring it is important to consult with a flooring expert in order to ensure you’re using the best materials for the job. If you are thinking about selling your home anytime soon, you want to make choices that are modern and stylish as well as durable. Below, you will…

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Children and seasonal allergies

aAAHHH-CHOOO!!!! It’s that time of year again. Blankets of pollen turn every surface yellow. Clouds of it fill the air, as well as our eyes and noses. If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies you know they can make you miserable, and are particularly bad here in NC. First it’s the trees followed by the grasses and weeds, along with the ever present mold. They bring on the sneezing, sniffling, itching, and puffy red eyes as well as more severe symptoms in high…

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Macular Degeneration Prevention

Although macular degeneration prevention is possible, there isn’t a foolproof method of avoiding the disease.  There are, however, steps you can take to help reduce your risk. Pay special attention to prevention if you already have a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or if the disease runs in your family. AMD is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss among people older than 60 years of age.  In time, a person with macular degeneration may find it difficult or impossible to read, drive or recognize familiar faces. Guidelines to…

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First Time Home Buyers

The real estate industry has seen the greatest amount of sales in the past year since the market crash in 2008. This tremendous economic change has Americans believing the “dream” of home ownership is attainable again. In fact, Bankrate.com stated “59 million Americans are looking to buy a house in the year of 2017.”  With the National Association of Realtors reporting that 6 million homes were sold in 2016 nationwide, a similar outlook for 2017 would mean 59 million, or 1 in 4 adults, are competing for a chance to…

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You’ve Probably Been Shorting Yourself on this Tax Deduction (But You Won’t After You Read This)

Most likely, you’re driving your car anyway – why not save money along the way? Mileage. It’s one of the most overlooked and misunderstood tax deductions for a couple of reasons: you may not realize how much money this can save you or you may not have a good system to track your mileage. Fortunately, apps can now do this for you, but as CEO of your own finances, you still need to know what you can and can’t deduct. First, here’s what’s new this year from the IRS –…

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Get Your Feet Ready to Breeze Into Spring

With spring almost upon us, we’re all ready to replace our winter boots with sandals or flip flops. But, are your feet ready for spring? If you have foot pain, nail discoloration or other toenail conditions, a trip to see one of our podiatrists will help put you on track to show off your feet for spring. Dark, Thick, or Discolored Nails Toenails that are dark, thick, or discolored are often the result of a toenail fungus. The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot causes toenail fungus, which occurs more…

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What is Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is surgery to remove excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. This procedure restores the area around the eyes and improves peripheral vision. We all have fat around our eyes to protect the eyeball in case of trauma. This fat “cushions the blow” and is not something that can be lost with diet. As we age the skin around the eyes stretches and loses its elastic ability. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows,…

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Tax mistakes: Are you really trying to deduct your designer clothing as a work expense?

Read these 3 simple tips to find out what you can and can’t do on your taxes There are lots of tax advisors out there. I’m not talking about legitimate tax pros; I’m talking about the people you come across in your life who bestow their unsolicited tax “knowledge” on you. You know– your neighbor, your co-worker… your best friend. Of course there are many people who might actually know what they are talking about, but this wisdom is to be taken as one would take medical, legal or investment…

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Cyber Awareness

The month of October was National Cyber Security Awareness month.  Did you take time to make sure your personal information is safe?  So just like it is important to go back and double check your tax withholdings to make sure you are getting the refund you desire, it is equally important to make sure your internet connection is safe from hackers and intruders who wish to use your information. No one purposefully lays their wallet in front of someone or gives away their social security card but when we leave…

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Why This New Marriage Tax Penalty is the Worst Ever

Entrepreneurs, you have taken considerable time and effort to get your business up and running.  You should spend a significant amount of time preparing for your wedding as well. Marriage is a wonderful thing but it can cost huge tax consequences if you don’t plan in advance. You probably already know that some married couples will pay less in tax, especially if one spouse earns more than the other.  But for two well-paid professionals, their combined incomes may put them in the highest tax brackets, also causing their tax bills…

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