11 home features buyers will pay extra for

Before making the decision to buy, people shopping for homes consider hundreds of factors. They include location of the house, the school district, size of the lot and also interior features. Most buyers insist on a house that grants most of their wishes, but shoppers often settle for a house without getting everything they want.

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Strong year for auto dealers

Nearly 6,000 Lethbridge-area residents got “new wheels” last year. And this year, local auto dealers are expecting to sell still more.

Sales fell after recession hit in 2008, but industry spokesman Todd Brown says business continued to improve through 2012.

“There’s renewed confidence in Lethbridge,” says Brown, president of the Lethbridge Auto Dealers’ Association. By year’s end, “Most of the dealers finished pretty strong.”

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