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Aven’s “Best Buy” Event on everything from Thomasville!

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661.942.1103

Aven’s adopted a “No Games” approach to Thomasville products years ago!

The price you see on our floor or on Avensfurniture.com is the real sale price.

And between 8/1 and 8/21/11 you get to choose an additional incentive!

Take and Additional 10% off…OR…Finance any Thomasville item Until 1/1/2014

And pay No Interest!

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The days of taking some mathematically generated “manufacturers suggested retail” price list and taking 40 or 50% off to fool the consumer into believing they were getting a deal are over.

Thomasville will either be percieved to be a value or not. It’s all in the eye of the consumer.

I will tell you that Thomasville quality and the higher price for it are a perfect example of the old adage…”You Get What You Pay For”

The beauty of the wood shows up in great finish depth and clearity.

The scale of the pieces. No corners are cut. Thomasville is just bigger!

The function of the moving parts…All designed to last a lifetime!

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Want to save the additional 10% and still finance…but only for 12 months? No Problem!

Just Fill out the Forms!

Stop by, see us at www.avensfurniture.com, or give us a call at 661.942.1103

We love to talk about the great Quality Products we carry, and to help people with their Interior Design problems!

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Thanks for reading!

August 1, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley furniture, La-Z-Boy Lancaster, La-Z-Boy Southern California | , , , , | Leave a comment

Buying Homes in Antelope Valley

 

 

 

 

Have you noticed how some “housing experts” say that demand is “overwhelmed by supply” while others throw out estimates of an “excess supply” of over three million homes? Yet, buyers keep saying how there‟s nothing to choose from? Worse yet, when they do finally find a home they want, they often submit an offer only to find that theirs is one of multiple offers the seller‟s received! Do you have a bidding war and multiple offers in your market on any listings? What‟s going on? How can in- ventory be high with slim pickings and multiple offers? According to one study, although listings may be up from January-which is true every year due to the annual winter hibernation of the housing market-on-market inventory and new listings, are

actually down from this same time last year. The study continues, “every „major market‟ except Las Vegas has less listings than this time in 2010”! Moreover, new listings of non-distressed homes, which are more frequently well-kept and owner-occupied (i.e. the kind of home that most non-investor buyers are interested in), are falling over twice as fast as bank-owned (REO) listings. Where all the listings are hiding? -Jack

From the study, “If we don‟t start to see more listings from owners who have the equity to put their homes on the market, prices of increasingly rare non-distressed listings seem likely to stop falling soon, just due to basic supply and demand. Of course, that claim leads to the big ques- tion: how soon?” Although supply and demand are the primary drivers of the real estate market, prices seem to react to these inputs with ice-age speed. When the bubble was inflating, it took over a year of declining sales and increasing inventory before prices peaked and began to fall, and although on-market inven- tory has been declining since mid-2008, the slow recovery of sales along with a shift in psychology away from home ownership has delayed the turnaround of prices (and this isn‟t even considering all the government intervention!) As Calculated Risk recently pointed out, home prices are not far above their historic lows, although it‟s a pretty safe bet that we‟ll have a bit of an overshoot on the downside, followed by at least a few years of flat prices (which is down when inflation is factored in). Foreclosures are still quite high and will likely take three to five years to work through, but growth in both the beginning and the end of the foreclosure pipeline seem to be backing off their 2010 peaks. The worst seems to be behind us on that front. Every region has different dynamics, but with generally lousy selection, slowly recovering sales, and year‟s worth of foreclosures to work through, where does that put us today, and through the end of this year? Barring some unforeseen economic events, some believe that home prices will likely stop falling by this time next year, while others expect prices to end the year higher than where they are today. Sales will continue their slow increases, foreclosures will be slowly but surely absorbed (many by all-cash investors), and hopefully, non- distressed sellers will begin to return to the market. In the end, nobody is able to perfectly time the market, and no matter where anyone thinks the bottom is, they‟re probably wrong. Is buying a home today less risky than it was five years ago? Absolutely. Will buying a home ever be a risk-free proposition? Unfortunately, no.

Did You Know………that while gloom and doom about the

housing market dominate the news, it may be overlooked that it might be a great time to buy! In a recent survey, 64% of respondents say that they think it‟s a good time to buy a house. We all know the average median house price is down almost 10% from its peak in 2007, take a closer look at the attachments to this week‟s Newsletter at when homes have been at their cheapest.

 


 

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FAA furloughs unprecedented, officials say

A week after Congress failed to extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, officials are calling the furloughs triggered by the partial shutdown of agency operations unprecedented.

FAA furloughed 4,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in Washington, after lawmakers failed to reach a last-minute agreement on July 22 on a stopgap funding measure for the agency. Until Congress acts, FAA will not be able to collect federal taxes on airline tickets, which supply the trust fund used to pay employees. Officials estimate the agency is losing $30 million a day as a result of the partial shutdown.

Air traffic controllers are not part of the furlough, but many employees are, including engineering and electronics technicians, computer and logistics specialists, and support staff, among other workers. Those still required to work during the hiatus would receive pay retroactively once funding is restored. But Congress must approve back pay for employees subject to furlough. During the government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996, furloughed federal employees were paid retroactively for the time they were off the job; that might not be the case in the current situation at FAA given the tense political climate and the government’s fiscal woes. 

The impasse over extending FAA’s funding is having an impact on employees. “This is unprecedented,” said Kori Blalock Keller, a spokeswoman for the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, referring to the furloughs in general. “We are concerned about how this will shake out.”

An FAA spokeswoman agreed with Keller: “There have been furloughs before, but never like this,” she said. The agency has not had any difficulty getting employees who are considered essential to show up for work during the furlough, she added.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., told Federal News Radio on Friday that he does not see an immediate end to the stalemate. The House and Senate are at odds over a labor provision in the House version that would overturn a National Mediation Board decision, making it easier for rail and aviation workers to unionize. In addition, the House bill, introduced by Mica, eliminates subsidies for airline service to airports located less than 90 miles from a medium or large hub, which has upset some lawmakers from rural areas.

Democratic lawmakers have called for an urgent vote on a clean extension of FAA funding in hopes of bringing 4,000 furloughed employees back to work.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members, supported by other party members, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would extend FAA funding through the end of fiscal 2011 without any newly added provisions. A short-term authorization would allow the agency to operate while lawmakers negotiate a long-term bill, they said.

“PASS is frustrated and looking to Congress to make this right,” said Keller. “We’re on the same page as the FAA in that regard.”

Federal News Radio also reported on Friday that furloughed FAA employees could be eligible for a zero percent interest furlough relief loan from NASA Federal Credit Union.

 

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Lancaster Restaurant & Underground Bowling Lounge

 

Happy Hour 5-7pm  Mon Fri (Underground Bowling)
$3 games
$1 off all cocktails, beers and wines
Daily Drink Specials
$ Appetizer Specials
The Underground Bowling Lounge is a place to have a great time. 21 and over after 7 p.m. means that UBL is the perfect place to have some fun with friends. 8 lanes, 5 pool tables, 2 air hockey games and shuffle board will keep everyone busy.

 

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California extends low-income auto insurance plan

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has extended the state’s Low Cost Auto Insurance (CLCA) program for another five years. More than 50,000 Californians have benefited from the plan to date.

The no-frills policy provides individuals making under $27,075 coverage for less than $400 a year. Some other stipulations include being at least 19 years old and insuring a vehicle worth less than $20,000.

Consumer Watchdog group executive director Douglas Heller asserts that some people may forgo auto insurance if they feel it’s too expensive.

“Millions upon millions are struggling in this economy – and the Low Cost Auto Insurance program allows cash-strapped motorists a chance to drive legally,” says Heller. “That’s not just better for low-income drivers, but it’s a relief to everyone on the road when fewer people drive uninsured.”

Having adequate auto insurance will provide a motorist with financial security in the event of an accident. Without car insurance, a person could face major financial strain in the event of an automobile collision. A clean record and following safe driving practices can help keep auto insurance costs low.

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