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Discover Memories of Christmas Past at the Arms Family Museum

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is once again inviting everyone to experience the amazing "Memories of Christmas Past" holiday spectacular at The Arms Family Museum! Now in its 11th year, this annual event sees the 1905 arts & crafts mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms decorated with rare, one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations, including ornaments, lighting, trees, and toys. Countless Christmas pieces from the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s collection and from private collectors are on display for guests to enjoy!

Don't Miss the Amazing Youngstown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting!

Bring the whole family to downtown Youngstown on Friday, November 30 for the city's Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting! There will be an amazing line-up of activities for everyone to enjoy, including a massive parade featuring over 1,500 people! The party starts at 4 p.m. with festivities in Central Square and the Youngstown Holiday Flea at the DeYor Performing Arts Center. Keep reading to learn what else is planned for this holiday extravaganza!

Who's Best at Valuing Your Home?

It's understandable that homeowners often feel they have the strongest insight into the true value of their home; after all, they are the only ones who fully appreciate all of the time and money that have gone into the property over the years! Of course, that personal connection is the very thing which can result in biased valuations (more on that later). Other people are certain that computer-generated automated valuation models (AVMs), which analyze millions of data points on market trends, comparable properties, and buyer tendencies, can give estimates that no human can match. So which side is actually better at valuing a home, the owner or the AVM? As it turns out, there isn't really much of a difference between the two options, partially because neither is very good at the job!