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Say hello to the 2021 colors of the year! These inviting new shades all signal calmness and health, two things we’ve missed so much in 2020.
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of our lives—even, apparently, the colors we should paint our walls. As proof, look no further than the colors of the year for 2021.
The time has arrived when paint companies start rolling out their top hues that embody the era’s zeitgeist. And, with 2020 being unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lives thus far, it’s no surprise that COVID-19 has had a palpable impact on which colors are predicted to dominate fashion and home decor next year.
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According to recent headlines, people have been fleeing New York City. I, however, recently renewed a yearlong lease on my Manhattan apartment, which means I’m stuck here—for better or for worse—until August 2021.
Why did I go against the grain in the wake of all the challenges New York is facing in the coronavirus pandemic? The decision caused me a lot of anxiety, but ultimately, I didn’t feel like I was ready or able to bail on the city I’ve called home for over 20 years. Here’s why.
Reason to renew: Staying costs money, as does moving
In March when the coronavirus pandemic first hit, I’d actually pulled my own version of an escape by hightailing it to Annapolis, MD, to stay with my
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Is your lease almost up? Before you renew your rental contract for another year, there are numerous questions you should consider, particularly in the era of COVID-19.
While signing a new lease should never be done without pondering your current circumstances, the coronavirus pandemic has made it all the more crucial to weigh your options first. After all, COVID-19 may have changed many things about how you live and work—and how well your current space and location suit your needs.
So before you sign on that dotted line of a new lease, consider these questions first to make sure it’s the right decision for you.
1. Can I still afford this rental?
The first and most important question to
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With the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, many city dwellers may be considering a move to the country—and there’s a specific type of mortgage that can help make this a reality, called a USDA loan.
Offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and backed by the agency’s Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Program, these mortgages are designed to help buyers with moderate or low income purchase property outside cities.
They accomplish this by offering several key benefits—such as low or no down payments and looser qualifications for income and credit history.
“More people should absolutely consider using USDA loans to finance their homes,” says Jan Hadder, regional vice president of the builder division at Silverton Mortgage in Columbia, SC. “If you’re not
If cooking has worn you down and you’ve exhausted all of your takeout options, one of these backyard pizza ovens could save the day.
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We’re more than six months into this pandemic, and if you’re anything like us, you’re a bit tired of (OK, make that absolutely fatigued by) your dinner options. Cooking has worn you down, you’ve burned through your repertoire of recipes (literally), and you’ve exhausted all of your takeout options.
So how on earth do you keep your family fed and still keep suppertime sort of interesting, maybe even exciting?
The backyard pizza oven is here to save the day!
“Some people might say, ‘Why don’t you just bake pizza in