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Will a Housing Market Crash Affect Home Depot Stock?

Will the housing market crash again? Maybe. Many aspects of the economy are cyclical, and housing prices do occasionally fall. Is a housing crash imminent? That’s harder to answer.

Some have sounded the alarm on housing for good reason. Consider the famous Case-Shiller Home Price Index, an inflation-adjusted metric created by Standard & Poor’s tracking housing prices. The index’s value was 100 back in the year 2000 and had been close to 100 when applying the index’s criteria backward to the 20th century. But since 2000, it has risen above 180 on two occasions. The first time preceded the housing crash of the Great Recession.

The second time the Case-Shiller index exceeded 180 is right now. In reality, it passed the mark way back in 2016, and it’s currently around 215. So no need to panic: Crossing 180 doesn’t immediately flip a housing-crash switch. It just shows housing prices have

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How canceled student-loan and mortgage debts could affect your taxes and the secret to selling a home quickly during a pandemic

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Highway 96 improvements will affect Robins Air Force Base

The improvements will stretch for seven miles in Twiggs County in an area that helps connect I-16 and I-75.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Improvements coming to Highway 96 in Twiggs County thanks to millions of dollars from The U.S. Department of Transportation. The project will have a direct impact on Robins Air Force Base.

Over 24,000 people head to work on Robins Air Force Base every day, so the project, which will widen parts of the highway from two lanes to four lanes, will ease access for people driving to Warner Robins.

The improvements will stretch for seven miles in Twiggs County in an area that helps connect I-16 and I-75.

Dan Rhoades with the 21st Century Partnership in Warner Robins says there are people coming here from all over Georgia every day. For people out in places like Cochran and Jeffersonville, these improvements will make that commute easier and

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I’m HIV positive. How will HIV affect my birth options?

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What’s the safest way to deliver my baby if I’m HIV positive?

That depends on your health and individual circumstances. The decision to have a vaginal birth or a c-section is one to make with your healthcare provider.

Discuss the risks and benefits of each type of delivery with your healthcare team early in pregnancy. It’s an important decision because the risk of passing HIV on to a baby is highest around the time of delivery.

Experts aren’t sure why the risk of spreading the virus is greater during birth. It could be that some of the blood containing the virus crosses the placenta during contractions. Another possibility is that a baby becomes infected from contact with body fluids during birth.

In the past, HIV-positive women were usually advised by their provider to have a c-section. But these days, controlling HIV with antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the risk of transmitting

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3 Unexpected Ways Buying a Home Can Affect Your Finances

Becoming a homeowner can change your financial picture — for better and for worse.

It’s no secret that buying a home is a big undertaking. Between applying for a mortgage and coming up with what could be a sizable down payment, it’s clearly not the sort of decision anyone jumps into overnight.

But as much as you can prepare for owning a home, once you’re in that situation, you may find that your financial picture changes — in some ways for the better and others, less so. Here are a few ways your finances might take a different direction once you have a mortgage in your name and a home to keep up with.

1. You’ll need a larger emergency fund

As a general rule, it’s smart to have three to six months’ worth of living expenses in an emergency fund. That way, if you lose your job, you’ll have

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