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Winter home sales, Wisconsin's impact and boosting Brillo

From Business Today:

Home buyers and sellers typically look to the spring for an active sales market, but some find winter can be a prime time for deals. "They can usually get a better price, because there are not as many buyers in the market. If a house is on the market in the winter, the seller is usually extremely motivated," said Nicolette Lisella of Terrie O'Connor Realtors in Allendale, N.J.   Homesales




The protests rocking Wisconsin's capital have made national news, and the state's governor, Scott K. Walker, predicts other states will adopt strategies similar to his own. Walker is clashing with public-sector unions over his push to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for public employees.




The name Armaly Brands might not ring a bell, but Brillo surely does. Michigan-based Armaly last year took over the Brillo brand and sees untapped potential for growth of the soap-infused steel wool, particularly overseas. Last year it had $9.7 million in sales, down 11 percent from the previous year, according to SymphonyIRI Group. 

-- Matt Glynn

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