Experience A Globe-Trotting Getaway From Home, With The World Your Way

Wow. That’s all I can say, as I’m practically speechless. Because I just visited Rome and had the time of my life.

Let me be clear – this was a virtual vacation, and all along the way, I made the decisions on what to do next. Splurge or spend? Hotel or home away? Pasta or everything else?  Art or architecture?  Then the video took me to my preferred destination. It’s all a part of 60 Second Cites Presents: The World Your Way, and I watched and participated in the interactive video on my computer screen from the privacy of my home office. All I can say is “Wow” – and no jet lag!

Here’s how it works.

In August, Refinery 29,

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Handyman Connection Recognized As Top Home Repair Company by Qualified Remodeler


Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 50%

Is it time for the bears to break out the champagne glasses? Not so fast, says Goldman Sachs. Volatility has ruled the Street for the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that those with a more pessimistic outlook had been vindicated, but the firm believes stocks can still climb higher.According to Goldman Sachs’ head of U.S. equity strategy, David Kostin, the S&P 500 could still hit 3,600 by the end of the year, and 3,800 by mid-2021, on the back of vaccine-related optimism and progress with the economic reopening. This would reflect gains of 10% and 16%, respectively, should the index ultimately reach these targets.“Despite the sharp sell-off in the past week, we remain optimistic about the path of the U.S. equity market in coming months. The Superforecaster probability of a mass-distributed vaccine by Q1

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Best Home Improvement Loans of September 2020

What is a home improvement loan?

A home improvement loan is an unsecured personal loan that you use to cover the costs of home upgrades or fixes. Lenders provide home improvement loans for up to $100,000 with rates typically between 6% and 36%.

Because you don’t put up your house as collateral for the loan, your rate is based on your credit and income information. If you can’t repay the loan, your credit will take the hit.

Should you get a home improvement loan?

A home improvement loan can make sense if you don’t have a lot of equity in your home or you don’t want to use your home as collateral.

Ideally, you can qualify for a low rate and monthly payments that you can afford for the life of the loan. Payments on home improvement loans are usually fixed, which means you can reliably schedule monthly payments into

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Three years after Harvey, Houston’s home repair program continues to lag. Who is to blame?

As Hurricane Laura barreled toward the Gulf Coast early last week, Juanita Hall felt helpless.

The sensation has become familiar to the 59-year-old since Hurricane Harvey floodwaters filled her home in northeast Houston’s Eastex/Jensen neighborhood three years ago. The house, which Hall inherited a few months before the storm, remains plagued by dry rot, termite damage and mold.

Hall suffers from diabetes and other ailments, and lives with her older brother Clifton, a stroke survivor. They each collect disability benefits — their lone source of income — and, like thousands of other Houstonians, have applied for federal aid to fix their flood-damaged home.

Hall has yet to see a cent of recovery money, however. Her application remains mired within the bureaucratic churn of the city’s housing department, which administers the aid.

“It’s very hard,” she said. “But I trust in the Lord. He has taken me this far and I

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DIY Home Repairs Everyone Should Know How To Do in the Age of COVID-19

You’re no Bob Vila, but part of being a homeowner or renter is knowing how to tackle common home repair projects on your own. We’re talking about tasks that fall somewhere between changing a lightbulb and hardwiring a light fixture. These projects aren’t exactly no-brainers, but they also won’t put you at risk of electrocution.

But in the age of COVID-19, perhaps the biggest reason to improve your DIY skills is to reduce the number of folks who enter your home—and that includes repairmen and maintenance workers. So if you can master basic home repair skills, you can be self-reliant and stay safe.

“There is never a bad time to improve DIY skills, but keep in mind that projects can range in difficulty,” says Hunter Macfarlane

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