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South Florida Fair organizes first home improvement show

From impact windows to home fitness equipment, the South Florida Fair’s Home Improvement & More Show is set to offer a one-stop shopping experience for residents looking to make at-home enhancements.

With over 60 vendors in attendance, the free event is set for Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Representing an array of home improvement areas, the vendors include kitchen, bath, water filtration, patios, doors, landscape, security, remolding, hot tubs, roofing, gazebos, household items, art, jewelry, window treatment, decks, patios, screening, tree services, flooring and automotive.

After experiencing a couple of bumps in the road due to COVID-19, South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions President and CEO Vicki Chouris and corporate sales manager

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An Oasis of Goodness in Vollintine-Evergreen

Emily Adams Keplinger, Special to The Commercial Appeal
Published 7:00 a.m. CT Oct. 14, 2020

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Olivia Lomax had been wanting to live in Midtown for years. Her business, Delta Groove Yoga, was part of the 2013 revival of Overton Square. However, her children, Dylan, Bella and Henry, were all going to grade school in East Memphis. When the youngest child started middle school in Midtown and her daughter started at the new Crosstown High, the family actively started looking for a house within the Parkway system. 

“My fiancé Jonathan ”Joni” Rokotnitz is from Europe and was used to walking everywhere,” said Olivia. “So we knew we wanted to be in Midtown where New Urbanism was evolving. We wanted to be inside or just beside the Parkway system that encircles Overton

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5 Times a Home Equity Loan Makes Sense

Taking out a home equity loan for the wrong reason or at the wrong time could cost you big.

If you owe less on your home than it’s worth, you have equity. With a home equity loan, you borrow against that equity and pay the loan back in equal monthly installments for a preset number of years (typically, five to 30 years). The amount you can borrow is usually capped at 80% to 85% of available equity. For example, if your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $200,000, you have $100,000 in equity. That means you may be eligible to borrow $80,000 to $85,000 in a home equity loan.

When you take out a home equity loan, your home acts as collateral, meaning a lender can repossess your house if you fail to make payments. Home equity loans can be useful, but it is crucial to consider whether you

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Hardware & Home Improvement Retailers Market May Set New Growth Story

Edison, NJ — (SBWIRE) — 10/13/2020 — A new business intelligence report released by HTF MI with title “Global Hardware & Home Improvement Retailers Market Report 2020” is designed covering micro level of analysis by manufacturers and key business segments. The Global Hardware & Home Improvement Retailers Market survey analysis offers energetic visions to conclude and study market size, market hopes, and competitive surroundings. The research is derived through primary and secondary statistics sources and it comprises both qualitative and quantitative detailing. Some of the key players profiled in the study are Home Depot, Lowe’s, Inside Tweedy and Popp Hardware, Ace Hardware, Rona, Canadian Tire, Homebase, Wickes, Bauhaus, Bricostore, Praxis, Alibaba, EBay, Amazon & Bunnings Warehouse.

What’s keeping Home Depot, Lowe’s, Inside Tweedy and Popp Hardware, Ace Hardware, Rona, Canadian Tire, Homebase, Wickes, Bauhaus, Bricostore, Praxis, Alibaba, EBay, Amazon & Bunnings Warehouse Ahead in the Market? Benchmark yourself with the

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10 Best Prime Day Tool and Home Improvement Deals

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Amazon’s Prime Day is back — technically Prime Days as the deep discounts run from today through tomorrow, October 14. This is the perfect time to save big with Prime Day Deals on just about everything. We’re busy rounding up the best deals on Prime Day Kitchen Appliances, bedding, and now tools, lawn, and home improvement tools that are the cheapest they’ll be at Amazon all year. Now’s the best time to renovate your home, or simply upgrade your toolbox with the best tools for men. Here are our top 10 picks.

Craftsman V20 Cordless Drill/Driver Kit — From $69, was $85

Craftsman V20 Cordless Drill

If there’s a power tool must-have it’s a powerful drill. Everyone from first-time homeowners to budding DIYers either needs a new drill now or will very soon. Craftsman’s V20 Cordless Drill/Driver Kit is one

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Just bought a home? What projects should you tackle first?

When it comes to renovating your new home, it can be difficult to decide what to do first.

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Melissa Perlman and Mark Burns closed on their beach cottage in Delray Beach, Florida, nearly two weeks ago.

The first project they tackled was landscaping. The home, built in 1956, was recently renovated.

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“It was move-in ready and pretty perfect in our eyes,” says Perlman, president and founder of BlueIvy Communications, a public relations agency. “We live on a semi-active road, so our landscaper put in Colusa plants that will grow and eventually provide more privacy in our front yard.”

Before writing up a to-do list, take a good look at your budget, one expert advises. “Don’t spend too much money on over-improvements,” says Artur Muller, founder and CEO of Amluxe Realty in Lighthouse Point,

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First projects to tackle after buying a house

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When it comes to renovating your new home, it can be difficult to decide what to do first.

Melissa Perlman and Mark Burns closed on their beach cottage in Delray Beach, Florida, nearly two weeks ago.

The first project they tackled was landscaping. The home, built in 1956, was recently renovated.

“It was move-in ready and pretty perfect in our eyes,” says Perlman, president and founder of BlueIvy Communications, a public relations agency. “We live on a semi-active road, so our landscaper put in Colusa plants that will grow and eventually provide more privacy in our front yard.”

Before writing up a to-do list, take a good look at your budget, one expert advises. “Don’t spend too much money on over-improvements,” says Artur Muller, founder and CEO of Amluxe Realty in Lighthouse Point, Florida. “Create a maximum budget for renovations, which will keep your spending in line with comparable

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How to Choose a Paint Color

If you’ve ever tried to pick a paint color for your home, you know that it can be a maddeningly difficult task, even for the most decisive among us. Whether you’re looking for the perfect shade of white (warm or cool? Matte or eggshell?) or the right inky blue (green or purple undertones? Too dark or not dark enough?), there are—quite literally—infinite options to choose from. Before you head to the paint store—and definitely before you think about buying a few gallons of actual paint—check out designer and stylist Faith Blakeney’s tips for how to navigate the color process.

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1. Gather the top contenders—and then add a few more.

    This goes without saying, but you should always see paint colors IRL—what looks like a soft gray in that photo you saved from Pinterest might actually be closer to pale lavender in your space. Head to the paint store and grab

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    Home improvement and stockpiling boost September UK retail sales

    Consumers increased spending on improving their homes and stockpiling goods in September in preparation for a tightening of restrictions, providing a boost for retailers.

    Sales in the UK rose 5.6 per cent last month compared with the same period a year ago, according to data from the British Retail Consortium and the consultancy KPMG. That was above the six-month average decline of 1.1 per cent and the best annual growth rate of any month since December 2009, it found.

    “September saw a big improvement in retail sales growth,” said Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the BRC, whose survey covers about 60 per cent of the industry.

    “With office workers still at home for the foreseeable future, the sales of electronics, household goods and home office products have remained high,” she added. In contrast, more time spent at home and the cancellation of public events “have continued to hold back clothing

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    Oregon couple loses dream home in wildfire

    With only minutes to spare, Christine Core and her husband evacuated their home along the McKenzie River. It was a home they had planned a lifetime for.

    LANE COUNTY, Ore. — As E.B. White famously wrote, “there is often a rather fine line between laughing and crying.” It’s a fine line Christine Core knows well.

    “Oh yeah, the gamut of emotions is just all over the place,” she said.

    But these days, she is choosing to laugh. On Tuesday, it was over a Facebook post joking about a car for sale in fire-ravaged Blue River.

    “That car is going to sell in a hot flash,” she laughed. “What are you going to do?”

    It’s that attitude that has helped Core get through the last week. The Holiday Farm Fire forced her and her husband John to evacuate their home on the McKenzie River.

    “It was an inferno,” she recalled. “It

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