Just before I sat down to write this evening, my eye fell on a lovely bowl of cut fruit I'd picked up this morning from my favorite produce shop, and which I'd quickly forgotten about.My smile at the unexpected find turned south instantly, when I took a deep whiff and, expecting to smell the sweet scent of fresh berries and melons, instead found that the fruit had begun to ferment -- I had inadvertantly left them out in the hot weather.Tragically (OK, fine, it was a small tragedy, but still) I had to throw the fruit out. Then I started to page through reader questions about how to know whether they're ready to buy, how to pick a listing agent, how to know whether a short sale is legitimate, how to understand this or that about mortgages, and so forth. And as I read, I kept coming b...
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