• Characterized by bright colors, woven fabrics and handcrafted pieces, southwestern-style decorating takes influences from Native American, Spanish and Mexican art. Whether you live out west and want your home to reflect your surroundings, or you simply want to incorporate colorful or handmade items into your existing decor, here are some tips to help you...

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  • A new phenomenon is affecting the mortgage and real estate industries. People who bought a home or refinanced in the last few years have such a ridiculously low mortgage rate that they don’t want to move and have to accept a new mortgage with a higher rate. But the reality is that these people...

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  • This post is for all the gardeners out there! This time of year, we’re excited about combining our love of gardens with our love of prize giveaways. Whether you’re new to the gardening game or have years of experience in the backyard, this contest is for you.

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Quicken Loans and the Parade Company Team Up to Create ‘Where’s Clownie?’ Contest for the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Quicken Loans and the Parade Company Team Up to Create ‘Where’s Clownie?’ Contest for the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Facebook promotion to drive Metro-Detroiters to businesses along parade route to find Clownie Fatheads Detroit, Mich. – Oct. 26, 2010 - The Parade Company and Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, have partnered to create the first-ever “Where’s Clownie?” contest to promote the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. The promotion, which kicks off Sunday, October 24, will engage Metro Detroiters in a scavenger hunt leading them to some of downtown Detroit’s treasures along the parade route on Woodward Avenue to find hidden, large-scale Fatheads (life size wall graphics) of Clownie, the Parade Company’s mascot. Interested participants must become friends with “Where’s Clownie?” via the social networking site Facebook to become official contestants for the promotion. A total of 10 clues will be given out via Facebook, from October 24 through November 11, which will help identify the location of a Clownie Fathead at a business along the Parade route. Each Clownie Fathead will be visible from the outside of the building and will be numbered. Once contestants find a Clownie Fathead, they must take a picture of the numbered Clownie and upload it to their Facebook page. A contestant has to find and upload all 10 Clownie Fathead images, and tag them as “Where’s Clownie?” to be entered to win. All entries must be received by Sunday, November 14, 2010. Four winners will be randomly selected from qualifying contestants who submitted all 10 Clownie Fatheads. Winners will receive a Family Four-pack VIP Parade experience, including four premium grandstand…

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Market Update – Negative Yield on TIPS Shows Faith in Fed

Market Update – Negative Yield on TIPS Shows Faith in Fed

Yesterday, treasuries took a dive following the 5 year TIPS (inflation-indexed treasuries) auction and have continued falling ahead of today’s 2 year Treasury note auction. The TIPS auction resulted in a negative yield for the first time in U.S. history. This means that investors are willing to pay the government for the privilege of having the Treasury keep their principal safe.

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Market Update – Dollar Falls Following G20 Talks

Market Update – Dollar Falls Following G20 Talks

The dollar weakened after the Group of 20 nations agreed over the weekend to avoid “competitive devaluation” of their currencies. In other news, Treasuries are higher this morning ahead of the home sales and manufacturing data. Some of the key releases slated for the week include the new and existing home sales reports, consumer confidence and GDP. Also, the Treasury is scheduled to auction another $109 billion this week.

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