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Month: February 2016

While Demand for New Homes Has Increased, There May Still Be Hurdles for First Time Home Buyers
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While Demand for New Homes Has Increased, There May Still Be Hurdles for First Time Home Buyers

After a long recovery from the financial crisis, it would seem that first time home buyers, who account for about 32% of people looking for a new house, are finally ready to join the real estate market. According to Fox Business, new residential sales increased 10% from November to December of 2015. Existing home sales in January reached their highest annual rates in six months. Data from LendingTree showed that March, April, and May are the most popular months for requesting mortgages, meaning home sales are expected to increase even more in the months to come. The national average for mortgages from last year balanced out to around $220,499. A survey conducted by TD Bank found that nearly 20% of first time buyers would like to purchase during this coming spring. Two-thirds of...
Home Builders Remain Confident After Housing Starts Drop in January
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Home Builders Remain Confident After Housing Starts Drop in January

Even though the housing market has seen great improvement since the financial crisis, some new home builders in the U.S. are conflicted after a recent drop in home starts, according to Equipment World. For the second consecutive month, January saw a decrease in home construction rates of about 3.8% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.143 million annually. That's only 1.8% above the January rates of 2015 as shown by data from the Commerce Department. Single-family starts fell 3.9% to a rate of 731,000, which was still up 3.5% from the previous year. Apartment starts, on the other hand, were down 3.8% from a year ago, falling 2.5% in January to 354,000. A reliable measure of the trends in the home building industry are building permits, which also fell in January. Permits fell ...
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Come Pick Up Your New Chevy — At Daytona International Speedway

If you're in the market for a new Chevrolet, you may also be in for the experience of a lifetime. Buyers selecting a special Daytona experience package will have their new car delivery in the legendary Daytona International Speedway. Chevy is building a new "Delivery Center" inside of NASCAR's most well-known and iconic racetrack. It will apparently have the familiar appearance of a "neighborhood Chevrolet dealership." Pricing has yet to be announced. The package includes a tour of the facility, a keepsake, and, most notably, some drive time on the famous tri-oval track. Chevy officials will then "authenticate" the car as having been delivered and driven at Daytona before sending the lucky buyer on their way. The classic car, name-dropped in songs by Jay Z, Kid Rock and Mariah ...
Where Have All the Pharmacy Positions Gone?
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Where Have All the Pharmacy Positions Gone?

You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't take some sort of regular medication nowadays, and that number continues to grow. While this has created much demand for employees in the pharmaceutical field, the Pharmacy Times reports that the influx of students attending pharmacy schools hoping for job security may actually over-saturate the industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the projected drop in employment from 2014 to 2024 could be up to 3%. Vacancy rates for pharmacist positions peaked in the early 2000s at about 8%. Four years later, that figure dropped to 4%. By 2013, vacancy rates in hospitals and health facilities hit an all-time low of 2.1%. Even with the steady drop in job vacancies, enrollment at pharmacy schools continued to rise. Just fr...
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The Expert’s Guide to Custom Home Building

For many, building a custom home is the actualization of a life dream. Not only are you able to create a home to your aesthetic liking, but you're also able to construct a space that is both safe and equipped to your family's every want and need. But without proper planning, a custom home building project can quickly turn into a custom disaster, with precious time, money, and resources wasted right before your eyes. With so many options and so many factors to consider, what would be an enjoyable process can quickly spiral out of control, both budget-wise and execution-wise. Luckily, the experts at The Washington Post provided a few key tips that can help make your custom home building project a dream come true: Find a Custom Home Builder You Can Trust Building a custom home...
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Mobile Search Not Accounted For In Latest Desktop Search Rankings

This week, desktop search rankings were released from comScore for the month of January. Bing and Ask gained a fraction of a point each, but otherwise there was almost no movement in the number gained from the previous month, according to Search Engine Land. Total query volume was up slightly for the major search engines but was mostly flat. Desktop data is growing more and more obsolete because search is becoming increasingly mobile and fragmentary. Google controlled 63.9% of U.S. search query volume, and Bing powered 33.1% of organic search on the desktop. PC driven search queries were down by two billion overall, mostly attributed to a decline in queries on Google, having transferred over to mobile. Yahoo and Bing desktop queries, however, are up a little from two years ago. ...
Are Parents to Blame for the Severity of ADHD in Their Children?
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Are Parents to Blame for the Severity of ADHD in Their Children?

While many children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often see a decrease in symptoms as they reach their teens, WebMD reports that a recent study has shown that overly critical parenting could inhibit this improvement. During the three-year study, researchers followed 388 children diagnosed with ADHD and their families. The levels of criticism and over protectiveness from the parents were assessed twice over that time. In order to measure the extent of criticism and over-protectiveness, researchers interviewed the parents regarding their relationships with their children. Criticism was measured according to how many harsh or negative statements were made by the parents about their child, rather than the child's behavior. Over-protectiveness was deter...
Illinois Store Owner Increases Revenues by Offering Custom Amish Furniture
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Illinois Store Owner Increases Revenues by Offering Custom Amish Furniture

The world is slowly moving to a time when machines build everything, but that time is not here yet. And one Illinois store owner is attracting more customers than ever by offering hand-crafted, made to order Amish furniture. According to the Daily Herald, Gary O'Reilly, owner of O'Reilly's Furniture in Libertyville, IL, was looking for a creative way to reinvent his business about five years ago. To achieve this, he began buying his furniture from Amish craftsmen in Ohio and Indiana. By doing so, O'Reilly was able to achieve two important things: supporting American-made goods while delivering more customization options to his customers. Since making the switch to Amish craftsmen, O'Reilly's Furniture has become wildly successful. The store's customers can now customize ever...
Black Millennials Are Way More Financially Savvy Than You Think
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Black Millennials Are Way More Financially Savvy Than You Think

More black Millennials are starting to consider opening up a small business, and there is currently a big shift in the way that this demographic is viewing alternative financing, according to a survey from financial lender Merchant Cash USA. Media Post reported that Millennials have a strong interest in pursuing careers as entrepreneurs, but black Millennials in particular are beginning to dominate the world of startups. Data from the Pew Research Center suggests that there are just over 75 million Millennials in the U.S. today. While 40% of this group identifies as something other than white, 13% identify as black. This means that there are around nine million Millennials in the U.S. who identify as black, and millions more who identify as another mixed race. Even with immense ta...
Ashley Madison Hack Exposes the Pervasiveness of Bots among Online Dating Sites
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Ashley Madison Hack Exposes the Pervasiveness of Bots among Online Dating Sites

Online dating sites have been infamous for using shady tactics to attract new members, but the downfall of Ashley Madison revealed one particularly troubling trend: robots posing as attractive, desperate women. According to Rolling Stone, a vast majority of activity from female users on dating sites is computer-generated. In fact, a whopping 59% of all internet traffic, from dating sites to online poker, is generated by bots. This deception was exposed last July when a team of hackers leaked internal memos from dating site Ashley Madison. The hack revealed the company's widespread use of artificial intelligence programs, often known as bots, posing as real women. The hack sent shock waves through the world of online dating, and industry experts say that Ashley Madison was not the only...