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2014 

Muhammad Ali lights the Olympic Torch.  Atlanta, 1996. Seeing Ali return as the elder statesman of sports, his body slowed by Parkinson’s but his spirit beloved by all, was a crowning moment that embodied the best of the Olympics regardless of nationality, religion, or race.  36 years earlier, a...
02/17/2014
It’s a reoccurring nightmare – you’re stuck in bumper to bumper traffic during the 5pm rush hour commute, the road teeming with angry and frustrated motorists who cut each other off, try to squeeze ahead, and hurl expletives at each other. You’ve been in the car 40 minutes already for a drive th...
02/17/2014
Selling a high-end or luxury home is about so much more than a transaction, it’s a transference of lifestyle values, the marketing of an image of prosperity and taste as much as a roof and walls, and the presentation of your home should be treated accordingly. Staging your home attracts buyers, ...
02/17/2014
    Taxes?  April 15th?  But it’s only February; the ink isn’t even dry on our New Year’s Eve invites and we’re ramping up for Valentine’s Day – why are you talking about taxes, already?  Good question, but the reality is far too many people ignore their obligations to the IRS until the second we...
02/17/2014
    Today's blog is a short and straightforward one, but I think of great importance. It all started with a question I had during a casual conversation with those in the industry: "What is the historical average mortgage interest rate?"  I'd heard it was around 7.5% but that was just a rumor that...
02/17/2014
  The Alfano Group has revolutionized the local real estate market in the Greater Sacramento Region by creating a premier real estate agency with an unprecedented knowledge of the local market. Our renowned industry leadership combined with unparalleled customer service sets us apart from our co...
02/17/2014
Historians attribute the first instance of neckwear to ancient China.  In 1974 archeologists unearthed a massive dig of terracotta warriors buried in Qin Shih Huang, the emperor who died in 2010 BC.  Before he died, he wanted his army to be buried with him, as a guardian of his soul during its t...
02/17/2014
Oprah.   One of the wealthiest people in America, Oprah is still not immune from biting off more than she can chew in terms of real estate.  In her case it’s not a money issue, but having so many properties she can’t sleep in all of them since she’s mostly splitting time between California, Hawa...
02/17/2014
Have you ever heard of "life hacks?"  They're short cuts that creatively solve problems in your everyday life.  Well now we have house hacks, ways to alter your home or creatively use every day items to uniquely enhance your living spaces.  Some are simple and will only take you a few minutes to...
02/17/2014
The strange aircraft hovers outside your front door, floating twenty feet off the ground with the buzz of a lawnmower engine.  It’s camera eye whirls toward you and registers what it sees for a moment before speeding up and moving on down the street.  What was that thing?  A super hi-tech model ...
02/17/2014
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