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Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched up this week ahead of another expected rate increase by the Federal Reserve when it meets early next month.

By MATT OTT, Associated Press October 20, 2022
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As you transition your gardens from fall to winter, you may be contemplating a bit of garden clean up. Before reaching for the pruners and rakes, consider all the benefits and beauty of leaving healthy perennials stand for winter.

By MELINDA MYERS, Special to the Courier October 20, 2022
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Located in one of the most desirable luxury neighborhoods in Prescott, this newly remodeled semi-custom home is situated on .42 acres of immaculately landscaped land.

October 13, 2022
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Fire Prevention Week is this week, Oct. 9-16. Did you know that Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest-running public health observance? Fire Prevention needs to be practiced 365 days per year 24 hours per day!

By Sandy Griffis October 13, 2022
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Walk down any aisle of your local garden center, and you can’t help but notice the dizzying array of plant foods. You’ll see bags, bottles, powders, granules, sprays and concentrates. Which one is best for a healthy landscape?

By KEN LANE, Special to the Courier October 13, 2022
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Brighten your indoor décor, patio, deck or balcony by forcing a few spring flowering bulbs into bloom. Just plant, give them a chill and enjoy a few extra daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, crocus and grape hyacinths this winter and spring.

By MELINDA MYERS, Special to the Courier October 13, 2022
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I was surprised to learn recently that, according to Google Trends data gathered by AllAboutGardening.com, the most popular fall-planted crop in the United States is.... garlic.

By JESSICA DAMIANO, Associated Press October 13, 2022
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Feature Home: 7558 E. Traders Trail, Prescott Valley
Panoramic golf and mountain views!

No homes behind to block views from this 2,495 square-foot, two-bathroom, three-car tandem garage plus bonus room and den. New interior and exterior paint, upgraded entry courtyard, front security door, mature aspen and pine trees are just the beginning.

October 6, 2022
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We all know about the internet. What the internet does in an unprecedented way is to provide users with nearly inexhaustible sources of “evidence” and promise for even the most fringe beliefs that you or I can imagine.

By Sandy Griffis October 6, 2022
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The Mountain Gardener: Cocktails in the Garden
Raise the bar with garden-fresh ingredients that transform cocktails into signature drinks

Cheers! Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit and vegetables as flavorings are the toast of the party season, whether made with alcohol or not.

By KEN LANE, Special to the Courier October 6, 2022
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The U.S. currently has one of the most competitive housing markets in decades — and buyers know it. With interest rates rising as fast as prices, 88% of recent buyers said that the market had affected their home-buying plans.

By ALYSSA EVANS, Wealth of Geeks October 6, 2022
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The number of available jobs in the U.S. plummeted in August compared with July as businesses grow less desperate for workers, a trend that could cool chronically high inflation.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer October 6, 2022
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The old Latin saying “Caveat Emptor,” or buyer beware, is rapidly becoming seller beware, particularly for transactions on Facebook Marketplace. While online buying and selling platforms can help you, they also can leave you vulnerable to unsavory predators looking to rip you off.

By LYNNE CONNER, Wealth of Geeks October 6, 2022
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Feature Home: 1790 N. Swayback Road, Prescott Valley
Beautiful Spanish style “Monterra plan” in desirable Stoneridge golf community

This 1,536 square-foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house with deep 2-car garage is offered at $490,000. This home has a covered front porch and covered rear patio with serene mountain views.

September 29, 2022
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It must be insurance-renewal time. It seems many homeowners are in the process of renewing their home insurance, and the question I am asked most often is what is the price per square foot to rebuild?

By Sandy Griffis September 29, 2022
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A white powder is spreading dangerously through vegetable and flower beds, killing plants. This disease is circulating quickly, taking over entire gardens. Powdery Mildew is one of our most prevalent and recognized plant diseases in the rainy season.

By KEN LANE, Special to the Courier September 29, 2022
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Interested in reducing food waste and saving money on produce? You might consider re-growing vegetables from kitchen scraps.

By JESSICA DAMIANO, Associated Press September 29, 2022
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Feature Home: 6881 Claret Drive, Prescott
Available home sites and spec homes in Westwood

New home sites and quick move-in homes are available for purchase now in Westwood at Deep Well Ranch. As Prescott’s premiere new-home community, Westwood offers nine versatile floor plans, and is the ideal place to plant roots in your dream home.

September 22, 2022
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COVID-19 brought about changes with indoor air quality. We recently purchased a resale home and wonder if we have an issue with air quality. —Mark and Susan, Prescott Air quality has always been a concern for customers, even before COVID-19.

By Sandy Griffis September 22, 2022
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A unique opportunity awaits fruit trees in spring. Berries, grapes, figs and the rest of the summer fruits rejoiced with monsoon rains with a record harvest. An April frost did not allow this blockbuster harvest from local fruit trees. Let me explain.

By KEN LANE, Special to the Courier September 22, 2022
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As summer winds down, we tend to focus on enjoying the last of the season's harvests, clearing away spent plants and planning next year's garden. But indoor plants need our attention now, too.

By JESSICA DAMIANO, Associated Press September 22, 2022
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Feature Home: Welcome to your forever Prescott home
Now taking reservations for 1 to 3-acre custom home sites.

Stringfield at Granite Mountain honors the families who cultivated the land, generation after generation, and its mission is to preserve the history and natural beauty for years to come.

September 15, 2022
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What is happening with recent or planned bathroom renovation projects? From the number of calls, I receive for bathroom projects I would say the bathroom(s) are a top room to renovate by both aesthetic and functional desires.

By Sandy Griffis September 15, 2022
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Yellow flowers bring sunshine to a landscape, even on a cloudy monsoon day. There is room in virtually any garden for the many shades of yellow from spring bulbs, showy shrubs and perennial wildflowers. Here we put together the ‘Top 10’ showiest plants that elevate any landscape to gorgeous shade to gold.

By KEN LANE, Special to the Courier September 15, 2022
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Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Harvesting when they are fully ripe ensures the best flavor for eating fresh, cooking, and preserving. Visit your garden often and watch for the fruit to turn from green to fully colored. Then leave them on the plant for five to eight days.

By MELINDA MYERS, Special to the Courier September 15, 2022