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Will the low rates continue?

If you’re looking to buy a home or refinance your current one, expect mortgage rates to remain low into 2021. However, the possibility of rates falling to 2.5 percent or lower has faded as the U.S. economy has rebounded.



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The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate reached an all-time low of 3.09 percent in September 2020, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders. The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic has also created uncertainty around where rates will go by mid-2021.

Some rate watchers say rates could fall further, setting new record lows. Others expect it to edge back toward 3.5 percent. The wild card, of course, is how the U.S. economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic shock without precedent for at least the past century.



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Winston Lake is getting more parking spaces, a new picnic shelter and pier. Improvements continue at other Winston-Salem parks. | Politics

*Creating the walking path from the new shelter alongside the lake toward the dam and aquatic center. The path will be made of crushed stone.

*The “knoll,” a small hill that has a scenic view of the lake, will get new picnic tables and stairs to replace the eroding footpath that leads up the hill now.

The Winston-Salem City Council awarded the contract for the work over the summer, along with contracts for other park projects that are being paid for from the 2018 bonds:

*A brand-new “pocket park” will be built on Bethania-Rural Hill Road beside Fire Station 20. The park will be called Bethania Freedmen’s Park, in recognition of the Bethania Freedmen’s community that developed in the area after the Civil War.

The park will have fitness equipment, a restroom and plantings. The work includes site preparation and grading. Since the park is beside Station 20, the work

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Do-It-Yourselfers Will Continue to Fuel Home Improvement Market Post-Pandemic, Reports NPD

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects in the U.S. during the pandemic is a trend that will continue with more than 40% of consumers indicating having post-pandemic DIY home improvement plans. According to new insight on the home improvement market from The NPD Group’s Checkout information, approximately one in ten consumers have taken on home projects they would have hired professional services for pre-pandemic, including cleaning, landscaping, maintenance, repairs, and even remodeling.

Through the pandemic, while most brick-and-mortar channels experienced declines in purchases due to COVID-19, the home hardware store channel has benefited from the consumer’s increased focus on their living spaces, and personal interest in taking on some new projects. With 11% more purchases than last year, home hardware stores were the second fastest growing channel in the first seven months of 2020.

“House-bound in March, consumers noticed

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Horse barns at Montana ExpoPark getting fresh coat of paint as fairgrounds improvements continue

Cascade County has hired two contractors for $68,281 to paint eight barns and put a new roof on another barn at Montana ExpoPark as part of ongoing improvements during a slowdown in events due to COVID-19.



a close up of a fence: Eight horse barns at Montana ExpoPark are getting a fresh coat of paint.


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Eight horse barns at Montana ExpoPark are getting a fresh coat of paint.



a building with a mountain in the background: Cascade County is painting eight barns and three out buildings on the backside of Montana ExpoPark as part of a number of improvements that are occurring while events are slow at the fairgrounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Cascade County is painting eight barns and three out buildings on the backside of Montana ExpoPark as part of a number of improvements that are occurring while events are slow at the fairgrounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioners approved a $36,945 contract Tuesday for C’s Painting Plus of Great Falls to complete the painting work, which is now underway.

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Also OK’d as part of that contract was a $7,389 contingency the county can tap if needed, making the total project cost potentially $44,334.

Seven horse barns, the Test Barn, race office and

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San Fernando Valley General Contractors Vows to Continue Offering Exemplary Kitchen Remodeling Services – Press Release

San Fernando Valley General Contractors have announced that they would continue offering exemplary kitchen remodelling services to the locals. The company, which specializes in quality construction services, believes that this will add more value to homes as well as make kitchen spaces more livable. Currently, the team specializes in building services such as foundations, flooring, new construction, additions, home remodelling, attic renovation, among others.

Encino, CA – September 9, 2020 – San Fernando Valley General Contractors, a team of skilled contractors based in San Fernando Valley, has assured the locals that they would continue providing quality kitchen remodelling services. The general contractors in the San Fernando Valley say that the services will be unmatched and second to none in the construction industry. The construction experts believe that this will make the services more accessible and closer to people. The general contractors also affirm that the services will add more value

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