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Home Depot co-founder on economic recovery: ‘I wish that Congress could come together again now’

Arthur Blank, the co-founder of retail giant Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, predicted that as long as trends continue to move “in the right direction” amid the coronavirus pandemic, the economy will progress “back to much more of a state of normal.”

“In this case, you want to listen to the people who have the knowledge, you want to listen to the medical experts, you want to listen to the scientists, we want to listen to public policy and public affairs where people have knowledge of what’s going on,” Blank told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo in an interview that aired on “Mornings with Maria” on Tuesday.

“And we want to make sure that in all cases we are protecting our fans, we are protecting our players, we

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Mortgage lending volume in 2020 likely to break records

Fannie Mae, the world’s largest mortgage financier, said mortgage lending this year probably will reach an all-time high of $3.9 trillion.

The dollar-volume record will be boosted by $2.4 trillion in refinancings, the highest level since 2003 and more than double the level seen in 2019, the mortgage giant said in a forecast on Tuesday.

“We continue to believe that a low-rate environment will support refinance demand over the forecast horizon,” Fannie Mae said in the forecast. “At the current interest rate of 2.86%, we estimate that nearly 69% of outstanding first-lien loan balances have at least a half-percentage point incentive to refinance.”

The low rates likely will boost the sales of new houses to 777,000 this year, a gain of 14% from 2019, the forecast said.

Sales of existing homes probably will total 5.3 million, down 0.4%, Fannie Mae said. That’s an improvement from the drop of 4.5%

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Incredible estate has showstopper pool

An architectural Central Coast oasis built nine years ago with a spectacular infinity pool is on the market for the first time ever.

The breathtaking home at Erina is decked out with luxury touches at every twist and turn including a self filling water feature, poolside bar and an outdoor bath tub.

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It is also the perfect post-coronavirus home with it featuring a detached home office and guest accommodation at the rear.

Sitting on 9076sqm at 53 Erina Valley Road, the five-bedroom residence is on the market with a $3.5m guide through McGrath — Terrigal’s Mat Steinwede and Jordan Bulmer.

It has been owned by award-winning ceramist Clodagh Blackburn and her miner husband, Jamie, who purchased the property in 2010 for $2.525m, according to CoreLogic.

The house was

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United States Modular Kitchen Market, By Products, Design, &

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The kitchen plays a vital role, and it is one of the essential areas in a home; it has evolved from the traditional kitchen to modular kitchen over the last decade, particularly in the United States. Kitchen is used to store all food items, utensils, spices and kitchen electronics. Modular kitchens advantages are time-saving, energy efficiency as well as convenience in food preparation. According to Renub Research analysis United States Modular Kitchen Market is expected to be more than US$ 9 Billion by the end of the year 2026.

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Growing demand for the personalized and customized kitchen is propelling modular kitchen market in the United States as they are influencing purchasing decision of consumers. As a result, vendors are also providing personalized kitchens with innovative designs. With the rise of IoT devices, use of technology is growing in

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JPMorgan Reportedly Sends NYC Workers Home As Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19


A JPMorgan equities trading employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bloomberg, leading the bank to send some Manhattan workers home ahead of a planned return to the office next week for more workers at the banking giant.

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The employee reportedly worked on the fifth floor of JPMorgan’s 383 Madison Ave. building, according to Bloomberg, citing an anonymous person who knew of the matter, which was not public prior to Tuesday.

JPMorgan employees were told on Sunday about their colleague testing positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported.

The reported infection comes ahead of orders from JPMorgan’s C-suite for their senior sales and trading employees to return to the office September 21.

Bloomberg reported Monday that JPMorgan’s worker productivity plummeted among younger workers at the beginning

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Catholic Group Launches $9.7 Million Anti-Biden Campaign in Battleground States

A Catholic group is launching a multi-million dollar effort to educate Catholic voters in key battleground states about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “anti-Catholic record and policy agenda” ahead of the general election in November.CatholicVote, a national Catholic political advocacy group, on Tuesday announced the $9.7 million campaign to discourage Catholics from voting for Biden. The organization is producing an “in-depth report on Biden’s record on issues Catholics care about,” including a shortened “voter guide” version, that it plans to send to five million Catholic voters. The effort will also kick off with a $350,000 digital ad buy in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Michigan.The group’s new effort, which involves full-time staff in six states and thousands of volunteers, will reach voters through digital advertising, parish-by-parish canvassing, direct mail, and “get out the vote” efforts in six

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Need Home Repairs During COVID-19? Try a Virtual Service

When my refrigerator started giving me trouble back in April, I went into a full-fledged panic. Though my husband is handy and has tackled many home repair issues in his day, fixing the fridge was a whole different ball game. Luckily, the issue was minor, and a few YouTube videos later, he had it under control.

Now to be clear, it’s not that I’m too cheap to pay a repair person when things in my house break; it’s that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was less than eager to have a stranger enter my home, let alone spend what could’ve been several hours in my kitchen.

And I’m not the only person who feels this way. In fact, even now, months later, many people are doing their best to avoid home repairs in an effort to limit their COVID-19 exposure. One friend of mine just replaced a

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This Is the Absolute Best Flooring for Increasing Home Value

“Flooring matters tremendously when selling a home,” Stephan Burke, director of luxury real estate at Cassis Burke Collection with Brown Harris Stevens, told “It immediately influences if the buyer will like the house as they walk into every room and hallway, kitchen, and even exterior patio.”

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So, can the right flooring actually increase your home’s value? The answer is, yes.


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When it comes to increasing your home value with new flooring, wood is your best option. “According to real estate experts, the average ROI (rate on investment) for installing hardwood floors is about 70 percent to 80 percent, and wood floors can boost the sales price of your home as much as 2.5 percent” notes

Wood floors are durable and luxurious, and you have lots of choices—maple, oak, hickory, walnut, pine—so you’re sure to find wood flooring that looks great in

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A ’90s TV Sitcom Love Story

Richard Karn’s legacy when it comes to memorable and recurring television show gigs includes the role of Al Borland on ABC sitcom Home Improvement and his run as Louie Anderson’s replacement on the syndicated game show Family Feud.

Beyond those iconic roles, Karn’s appeared on TV shows Boy Meets World, That ’70s Show, Detroiters and Pen15 and filled other game show host roles, most notably for the Game Show Network’s Bingo America. “America’s Favorite Handyman” has even rejoined Tim Allen on episodes of Last Man Standing. Per IMDB, Karn’s appearances in TV films include Picture Perfect (1995) and Check Inn to Christmas (2019). Other films of note include Sex and the Teenage Mind (2002) and The Horse Dancer (2017).

Through it all, he’s stayed loyal to his first and only wife, Tudi Roche.

Karn has been married to Roche since 1985. The couple has one

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Adam Liaw on the kitchen appliances you’ll actually use

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Utensils, gadgets, small appliances, large appliances – there’s a lot of things competing for precious space in your kitchen. As kitchen design trends toward smaller, more efficient spaces, it’s more important than ever to separate the must-haves from the kitchen drawer detritus of the future.

Clockwise from left: a stand mixer, air fryer, egg slicer and garlic peeler.

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Clockwise from left: a stand mixer, air fryer, egg slicer and garlic peeler.

Here’s a simple guide to what you need in the kitchen, and what you don’t.


If something can be described as a gadget in the kitchen it’s probably not something you need. A good rule of thumb is that if it has an ingredient in the name, avoid it. From egg slicers to bean splitters, single-ingredient gadgets are the impulse buys of the kitchen.

For some reason garlic seems to attract a lot of equipment. Flexible tubes for peeling,

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