Home Improvement Sales Could Rise Following The Slight Slowdown In Q1 – Forbes

67 Percent of Consumers Plan Home Improvements in the Next Six Months: Survey | RISMedia

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unemployment rate fell to 6.1% in June, the lowest rate since recession started in September 2008.This bodes well for the housing industry as job creation would facilitate income growth and consequently also support home sales. Rising house prices are closely associated with consumer affordability. After decreasing by more than 30% during the recession, home prices picked up momentum in 2012-2013, rising to within 20% of the peak 2006 levels.Home Depot expects home prices to grow by 6% in 2014, which although lower than the rise in 2013, reflects steadily growing incomes, affordability, and consumer demand.
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Horror Over Treatment Of Victims’ Bodies From Malaysia Airlines Flight – Business Insider

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While Ukrainian PresidentPetro Poroshenkoissued a renewed appeal for backing from the international community, some European nations, with an eye to their trade links withRussia, have been less enthusiastic about confrontingMoscow. Kerry challenged the Europeans to be more assertive. “It would help enormously if some countries inEuropethat have been a little reluctant to move would now recognize this wakeup call and join theUnited Statesand President Obama in taking the lead, and also stepping up,” he said. A spokesman forUkraine’sSecurity Council, Andriy Lysenko, accused the rebels of a cover-up.
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Check it out: In a repair fix? Book shares handy advice | The Columbian

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The first repair in today’s book covers this very problem. Having issues with a wonky sink stopper? Turn to page 148 for a solution! Learn how to fix a zipper, repair a busted bicycle chain, change a lawnmower blade, even fix little Timmy’s dismembered superhero toy without using glue!! But wait, there’s more! Fixing things is awesome, but once you’ve repaired everything in your house, you’ll need something else to work on.
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Home owners are most likely to spend that money remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, backyards or patios. The top reasons for the remodeling are greater enjoyment of the home and improved appearance, according to the survey. With 32 percent of consumers planning to spend money on improving the look and feel of their homes, home buyers should think about purchasing homes that require renovations, said Barbara OConnor, Moves chief marketing officer.
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