A financial planner says he saw 4 surprises while buying a home

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  • As a financial planner, Mark Reyes of Albert walks his clients through the financial side of preparing for home buying all the time. 
  • But four things were slightly different than he expected in the process of buying his own first home with his wife during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The pandemic created more competition for homes, and also meant many changes to the ways buyers are able to see potential homes. 
  • There are some parts of the process that are confusing even in normal times, like getting the right paperwork to mortgage lenders, and the escrow process before closing. 
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MR DIY homes in on improvement

PETALING JAYA: Home improvement retailer MR DIY Group (M) Bhd (MR DIY), which is poised for the largest initial public offering this year, is looking to continue on its organic growth trajectory upon the listing of the company.

“We are focused on the local market which is considered a growth market for us.

“By focusing on this growth market, we expect to do well. We think the growth moving forward will be good, ” the home improvement retailer’s CEO Adrian Ong said at a virtual press conference yesterday.

“Independent market surveys indicate that this market will grow in the order of 10.2% from 2019 to 2024.

“We have executed very well into this growth market and we expect this to continue with regard to our performance, ” he added.

The company which sells hardware, household and furnishing, electrical, stationery & sports equipment, and other accessories is expected to be among

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Mesquite City Council approves expanded road improvements in two neighborhoods

Those living in the Quail Hollow and Town East Estates neighborhoods are the next Mesquite residents to have their streets designated for road repairs.

The Mesquite City Council approved two separate contracts at a Monday night meeting, clearing the way for localized concrete repair on streets, sidewalks, gutters and curbs. The work will begin as soon as next month.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, seen at a meeting March 19, 2020 in Dallas, is seeking re-election to a post he has held since 1985.

The council approved a $1.4 million contract with KIK Underground, LLC for the Quail Hollow project, which is expected to take six months. It also approved a $4.15 million contract with HQS Construction, LLC for the larger Town East Estates project, which is expected to take around a year.

“Quality streets in our neighborhoods is vital to maintaining community pride and curbside appeal of our housing stock,” Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer said in a statement. “The City Council is committed to repairing as many residential streets as possible, as quickly as

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Packers say no fans at home games while virus rampant

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers say that any plans to have fans for home games this season are on indefinite hold due to high COVID-19 rates in the area.

Packers officials said that fans won’t be admitted until there’s a “marked improvement in the rate of hospitalizations, as well as the community infection rate and positivity rate.”

The Packers have played two of their eight scheduled home games already. They don’t have another home game until Nov. 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.

“We are very concerned with the rate of infection in our area,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “We are trending in the wrong direction in terms of hospitalization and positive cases, and based on recommendations from community health-care and public health officials, hosting fans at the stadium for games is not advisable at this time.”

During his Zoom session after the Packers’

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Buoy Health CEO founding story and staying afloat in the pandemic

  • Dr. Andrew Le lost his home in a fire shortly before he pitched his company, Buoy Health, to investors.
  • “I literally didn’t have a place to live,” Lee said. At the time, he was couch-surfing. 
  • Now, his health information company helps more than 9 million people, and he figured out how to get health insurers and employers to pay for it.
  • Early in the coronavirus pandemic, Buoy emerged early with a new tool that helped people understand their symptoms and risks. 
  • Business Insider named Le one of its “30 under 40” leaders transforming healthcare. 

Dr. Andrew Le had little else besides the clothes on his back when he pitched his company idea to investors in 2014. 

At the time, he was couch surfing after his apartment burned down in a fire. Even before that, though, he and his three cofounders had been living off the little savings they had. 


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Cocktails get the home treatment in several new books

Cocktails are having a moment, and because of the pandemic, that moment is happening most often at home.

A collection of spirits and cocktail recipe books are displayed at a home in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 4, 2020. Since the pandemic hit the United States, a lot of social drinking has moved back home. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

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A collection of spirits and cocktail recipe books are displayed at a home in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 4, 2020. Since the pandemic hit the United States, a lot of social drinking has moved back home. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

Many restaurants have responded with cocktails to go, approved in more than 30 states, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, an industry trade group. Liquor stores offer cocktails-in-a-can, like those from Canteen and Cutwater, as well as hard seltzers and more.

But there’s also been a rise in home bartending, with a number of books on the subject released in the past six months.

Unlike the often complicated cocktail books of the past, these five offerings by new-to-the-cocktail-world authors are written specifically for the home cook/bartender. Each

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No. 5 Notre Dame basks in its unusual home ‘crowd’


FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, fans wait for Notre Dame and Navy to play in an NCAA college football game, in South Bend, Ind. In a quirk this season, No. 5 Notre Dame enjoys a greater home-field advantage than most of its opponents: As of now, the Fighting Irish are slated to play in front of only one crowd bigger than their own, which is limited to about 10,000 people because of the pandemic.


In a normal season, Kurt Hinish probably wouldn’t have been able to hear the students shouting his name from the ninth row of the bleachers at Notre Dame Stadium. But during Notre Dame’s 52-0 rout of South Florida, the senior defensive tackle could.

In the second quarter, Hinish shrugged at their yells and told his teammates he didn’t recognize the students. When their efforts continued into

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Ways to Embrace the Holidays During the Pandemic

Different doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. After all, it’ll be easier to avoid that family party you usually dread!

Yes, the holidays are going to be a little (a lot) different this year.

The pandemic is now part of our everyday life, meaning that normal things like knocking on a bunch of strangers’ doors to get candy or simply gathering in a big group may not be possible. (At best, these traditions aren’t encouraged.)

But the holidays don’t need to be canceled or minimized — unless you want to use the virus as an excuse to do less and by all means do you if that’s the case.

If you’re still feeling the holiday spirit, you can make this time of year just as special even while safely distanced. Here’s how.

It’s so easy to focus on what we can’t do right now. But many

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Halloween Isn’t Canceled! Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely at Home This Year


Halloween is just around the corner, which means we are all gearing up for our usual tricks and treats in this not-so-usual time. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming large, it can be hard to know how to celebrate. But just because this Halloween is going to look different doesn’t mean that it has to be boring or lacking in any way. Talk to your kids about what they love about Halloween and get their input. From there, you can decide — together — what is going to be the most fun for them!

Need some ideas? From socially distant spooky activities to at-home fun for the whole family, we have compiled a list of fun ways to celebrate safely.

Turn Your Home into a (Temporary) Haunted House


There’s no time like the present to lean into outfitting your home for the holiday! By making it a fun activity

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ Home Returns to the Market

Four years after it last changed hands, a Pennsylvania home that played a crucial role in “The Silence of the Lambs” is on the market again.

The Queen Anne Victorian at 8 Circle St. in Perryopolis, which was built in 1910, is available for $298,500.

The 2,334-square-foot home on the railroad tracks served as the fictional home of Jame Gumb, aka Buffalo Bill, in the Oscar-winning movie from 1991.

Some creepy scenes took place in the home, but it was all Hollywood magic. There is no history of real horror—or moths—on the premises.

“When we got the call to go over and meet with [the owner], I’m not going to lie, I was totally freaked out,” says listing agent Eileen Allan. “And then we got to the house and I forgot … that it was in the movie. It just seemed like we were walking back in time. It

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