Morning mail: Harry & David’s Organic Fruit Club

Got an extra $33, or so, a month lying around and a hankering for organic fruit?
You know about Harry & David’s Fruit of the Month Club, the gourmet food and gift company also has an Organic Fruit Club Collection aimed at impressing clients, the loved ones you left back in New England, or on a weight reduction program.
Here’s the lineup with approximate payload for the next 12 months: September, 10 nectarines; October, 9 Royal Riviera Pears (Comice to locals); November, 10 heirloom apples; December, 9 more pears; January, 13 clementines; February, 6 navel oranges; three or four grapefruit; April, 2 pineapples; May, 14 strawberries 14 strawberries; June, four or five mangoes; July, 2 pounds of dark sweet cherries; nine Oregold peaches grown in the Rogue Valley.
The cost for three months is $99.99 or $349.99 for 12 months.

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More homeowners are breathing in financial fresh air, real estate analytics firms CoreLogic reports.
Millions of homeowners saw the value of their homes plunge beneath the level of their mortgage debt when the housing bubble burst eight years ago. Little by little, owners have resurfaced in the past four or five years, while others merely became economic fish food.
CoreLogic said today 759,000 properties regained equity in the second quarter of 2015, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity to 45.9 million, or 91 percent of all mortgaged properties. The Irvine, Calif.-firm said nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by $691 billion by the end of June. The total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity is now at 4.4 million, or 8.7 percent of all mortgaged properties.
For the homes in negative equity status, the national aggregate value of negative equity was $309.5 billion at the end of the quarter, falling approximately $28.5 billion from $338 billion in March.
Powered by the Portland Metropolitan Statistical Area’s surging economy, where just 2.2 percent of the mortgage holders are underwater, Oregon has a 4.1 percent negative equity rate. That’s not quite as good as Washington’s 3.8 percent rate, but better than California (7.3 percent), Nevada (20.6 percent), and Idaho (6.7 percent).

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Roseburg Forest Products said it has completed the purchase of the SierraPine Medium Density Fiberboard facility in Medford. The deal was announced last month.

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