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US Housing Recovery Continues In August, New Home Sales Up 4.8%

New home sales were better than expected in the United States but the growth was not evenly distributed across regions


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New US home sales came in well above forecasts in August with a 4.8 percent gain, as the housing market continues to recover from the coronavirus downturn, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

August’s annualized rate of just over one million sales, seasonally adjusted, came after the upwardly revised annual rate of 965,000 sales reported in July and underscores how housing has managed to climb back from the hit taken during the Covid-19 downturn.

The growth was however not spread evenly, with month-on-month sales surging in the South 13.4 percent, and climbing 5.0 percent in the North, but declining slightly in the West and by a massive 21.4 percent in the Midwest.

“Home sales are well supported by solid demand and a favorable interest rate environment,”

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School District of Philadelphia continues tackling building improvements

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite says COVID-19 may be preventing in-person learning, but it’s not stopping the district from tackling much-needed building improvements head-on.

“One of the things that is not a secret is the amount of capital improvements that actually need to be done in the school district,” said Hite. “Some 250,000 feet of asbestos-containing material were removed from buildings. That was work that was already planned. We have been able to do a lot more because the schools have been closed.”

Since March of this year, the district says it has invested $264 million in building improvements. That money has been used on a number of projects, like making sure schools are certified lead safe, repairing roofs, renovating bathrooms and making crucial HVAC and electrical upgrades.

“We are faced with, as you know and have heard already, an antiquated infrastructure here, so

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As downtown renovation continues, Mesquite calls for local artists to submit their work

Downtown Mesquite will look much different in January 2021 than it did in January 2020, and the city is looking for local artists who can help that transformation be even more visually stunning.

With the city nearing completion on its Front Street Station redevelopment, it is putting out a call to local artists interested in producing a work of public art.

Mesquite City Hall, shown in a file photo. Cindy Smith is set to become the city's Director of Finance in October.

Works by artists in Mesquite and the surrounding areas will be considered, according to a city news release, with the art intended to be displayed for at least one year on “four large surrounds built to camouflage dumpsters placed throughout the new Downtown area. Each of these surrounds will have 10′x7′ panels, where the art will be mounted,” according to the news release.

For each work, the city will pay the artist a $500 honorarium. Eight works of art will be selected.

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California housing market continues recovery as median home price breaks $700,000 mark, C.A.R. reports

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 465,400 in August on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up 6.3 percent from July and up 14.6 percent from August 2019.

– August’s statewide median home price was $706,900 up 6.1 percent from July and up 14.5 percent from August 2019.

– Year-to-date statewide home sales were down 6.8 percent in August.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — California’s housing market continued to improve in August as home sales climbed to their highest level in more than a decade as the median home price broke last month’s record and hit another high, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. 

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 465,400 units in August, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide annualized

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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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Virgin Hotels Las Vegas unveils restaurant partners as remodeling continues



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Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has unveiled the lineup for its restaurant partners as work continues on remodeling the casino-resort.

The property, formerly the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, says the partners “will bring new and unique dining and hospitality experiences to the revitalized property.”

Those partners include chef Todd English’s Olives, Thai restaurant Night + Market, Japanese restaurant Nobu, poolside Italian restaurant Kassi Beach Club and a culinary and cantina concept Casa Calavera.

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Other concepts are sports bar Money, Baby!, MB Steak from David and Michael Morton, the Ferraro Family’s Pizza Forte and Southern California-based Afters Ice Cream.

Guests will also find the Virgin Hotels concept Commons Club, which features a coffee shop, 24-hour restaurant, a bar, and a social space called “The Shag Room.”

The former Hard Rock closed

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