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Buyers love hardwood and tile over carpet except for possibly in the bedroom areas. They like the flexibility provided with tile and wood when it comes to using area rugs and other decorative elements. Hard surface granite or marble counter tops are still the popular choice. These trends remain constant on the entire east coast.
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